PALMDALE – A parolee being transported for treatment Wednesday afternoon managed to wrestle a gun away from a state parole agent, then jumped out of the car and fired several rounds across traffic in a busy Palmdale intersection, authorities said.
No one was hit in the shooting, which occurred around 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Palmdale Boulevard, according to Captain Don Ford of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
The parolee, Hector Perez, was quickly taken into custody, Ford said.
“Some deputies happened to be driving by… and they spotted the parolee with the gun,” Ford said. “They exited their vehicles and they trained their weapons on the parolee. He obeyed their commands, he put down his gun and he went down to the ground. The deputies were able to take him into custody with no use of force.”
Perez was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, according to Ford. The incident is still under investigation, and detectives have not yet determined if anyone was targeted in the shooting, Ford said.
“There were other vehicles in the intersection and what we believe at this point is that he was shooting across traffic,” Ford said. “Whether he was shooting at the parole agent or somebody specific, we haven’t determined, but he was shooting in a direction where there was vehicle traffic traveling across Palmdale Boulevard.”
After canvassing the area, investigators determined that no one was hit during the gunfire, Ford said.