A young Rancho Santa Margarita man, shot by a deputy after a high-speed motorcycle chase, was in the hospital in stable condition an Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said Saturday evening.
Sheriff’s deputies had cordoned off the entire cul-de-sac of Meadow Park Lane from before the intersection on Robinson Ranch Road and at Raintree.
The shooting happened at the 30000 block of Meadow Park, where investigators from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office were interviewing neighbors and potential witnesses.
OCSD spokesman Sgt. Jason Park said a Rancho Santa Margarita motorcycle deputy attempted to pull the suspect over for speeding on a motorcycle, but the suspect refused to yield to the deputy and led him on a high-speed chase.
The deputy lost the suspect, but recognized him and knew where he lived from prior contact with police, Park said. The nature of that prior contact is unclear.
Park Saturday evening said investigators had not yet interviewed the deputy.
The motorcycle deputy approached the house and had some undisclosed interaction with the suspect which led him to fire his weapon on the man in front of his house.
A witness told the Orange County Register he saw the man lying in the road in the area of Robinson Ranch Road and Meadow Park Lane. He said his wife heard five shots.
Neighbors said the man was a young one of about 20 who often sped through the neighborhood on his motorcycle and confirmed that he had prior run-ins with the police.