A man who led police on a pursuit from Corona to Riverside, and fired multiple shots at police officers, was charged Friday with attempted murder, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office reported.
Leslie D. Berry, Jr., faces three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, and one count each of felony evading arrest and the unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a DA’s news release.
The pursuit started just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday when a Corona police sergeant attempted to pull over a van that matched the description of a vehicle involved in a drive-by shooting reported last month in Corona, prosecutors said.
Police tried to stop the van in Home Gardens, but the van sped away and continued into Riverside where Berry allegedly fired multiple shots at a Corona police sergeant, striking his patrol car, the DA’s office reported.
Two Riverside police detectives who happened to be in the area of the shooting returned gunfire. Berry allegedly fired at all three police officers as he got onto the 91 Freeway, and fired more shots as he drove eest. The van exited on Tyler Street and stopped, firing more shots at the officers and then speeding away again.
The van crashed into another car and Berry fled on foot. He was arrested about 20 minutes later, authorities said.
No one was injured during the pursuit or exchange of gunfire.
Berry is scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon.
If convicted he could face a life sentence.