Anza suspects arrested in Hemet SWAT raid

Hemet Police and SWAT assisted in a search warrant for murder suspects.

■ John Strangis, En Media / Contributed

On Aug. 2, the Riverside County Sheriff department along with a Hemet SWAT team raided a residence regarding an attempted murder investigation.
The suspects in question were wanted in connection to an attempted murder shooting that occurred on Aug. 2 in the 54500 block of Moraza Road, in the unincorporated community of Anza.
The incident began in Anza a little after 3 p.m. with reports of shots fired and ended in Hemet where SWAT executed a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of South State Street in Hemet. The search warrant turned into a standoff that lasted from the afternoon of Aug. 2 at approximately 6 p.m. until the early morning hours of Aug. 3.
Two male victims at the location in Anza were shot an unknown number of times and were medically airlifted to local trauma centers. One victim suffered life threatening wounds and his condition is unknown at this time. The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle. Deputies then followed the suspect vehicle to a residence on State Street.
Multiple subjects were detained and one baby was removed by SWAT officers from the suspect residence. A robot was used to clear the residence before SWAT moved in for a final sweep. SWAT was called off the incident at about 12:15 a.m. and forensics resumed operations.
Hemet Police Department assisted the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department with the investigation, which continued throughout the night and into the morning hours of August 3. The perimeter area was closed down and forensics were on scene gathering evidence.
No additional information has been released at this time.

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