RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The Riverside police officer killed Sunday night may have been shot with his own gun after he chased down the driver of a stolen big rig and fought with him in a city park, authorities said Tuesday.
Witnesses told detectives they saw the officer and driver in an altercation in Fairmount Park seconds before shots were fired. The man fled the scene in the semi-truck, escaping about a minute before other officers arrived to find Officer Ryan P. Bonaminio lying mortally wounded on the grass.
Bonaminio's gun was not recovered, and investigators said it was unclear if he fired his weapon. Detective Ron Sanfilippo said it's "very possible" that the suspect was able to get Bonaminio's gun and shot him with it.