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Suspect Arrested In Riverside Officer's Slaying

Suspect Arrested In Riverside Officer's Slaying

Riverside Police check cars at a road block at Fairmount Park in Riverside Calif. Monday, Nov 8, 2010. Police have put up roadblocks and are using dogs to search a Southern California park for a big-rig trucker they suspect killed an officer during a chas

Associated Press

November 10, 2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Police and FBI agents swarmed a Southern California shopping center and arrested the suspected killer of a police officer who was shot to death while chasing a stolen truck suspect, investigators said Wednesday.

Earl Ellis Green, 44, a parolee and resident of nearby Rubidoux, was booked for investigation of murder in the shooting death of Riverside police Officer Ryan Bonaminio, Sgt. Dan Russell said in a statement early Wednesday.

Bonaminio was shot to death Sunday night after pulling over the driver of a stolen big-rig cab. The suspect had jumped from the truck and ran into a park with the 27-year-old Bonaminio chasing him on foot when the officer was shot.

More than a dozen officers, including members of the Inland Regional Apprehension Team, and FBI agents descended on the Riverside Target shopping center at about 8 p.m. Tuesday and arrested Green, the sergeant said.

After questioning by homicide detectives, Green was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for investigation of murder and a parole violation.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise first reported the arrest Tuesday night.

Earlier Tuesday, Bonaminio’s father pleaded during a news conference for someone to come forward and help identify a suspect.

“Let’s put an end to this,” Joseph Bonaminio said. “I’m looking for justice, that’s all.”

Bonaminio said his son’s shooting death was especially painful because he had been so relieved to have his son home after two tours of duty in Iraq as an Army police officer.

“It’s unfair,” the grieving father said. “I’m sure the emotions would still be there had he lost his life in Iraq. But the emotions are higher here. This is the United States of America for crying out loud. We’re a land of the free. And yet he loses his life doing what he loved to do.”

Investigators said the officer’s gun had not been recovered, and investigators were exploring the possibility that he was disarmed during a struggle and the suspect killed him with his own gun.

Bonaminio’s funeral will be held at a Riverside church Nov. 16.

Bonaminio was born and raised in Riverside, a suburb of 300,000 people 60 miles east of Los Angeles. He returned to his hometown to be a police officer, as he had long intended to do, after serving his Iraq tours and a stint in Germany.


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    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Great job

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    BeachAngel

    over 3 years ago

    5892 Comments

    Job Very well done in this capture... prayers to Officer Bonaminio family, department, friends, co-workers / partners, so sorry for your loss. Thank you again for your service in all areas of LE. RIP Officer Ryan Bonaminio

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    Ahi

    over 3 years ago

    1990 Comments

    R.I.P., prayers to family and friends.

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    mav017

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    way to get em!

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    42238 Comments

    Glad he's caught.

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    djs2v

    over 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP Officer Bonaminio. I am glad the killer is off the streets.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Rest in peace, Officer Bonaminio. Your killer has been caught.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Great cature! Rest in peace brother.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    RIP Officer Ryan Bonaminio. Prayers to the family and friends. To Joseph and Geraldine, the two wonderful parents of Ryan. Words can never express the loss we feel for your son.

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23296 Comments

    Time to pay the piper scumbag

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    kim1492

    over 3 years ago

    86 Comments

    Burn in hell you POS. God bless you my brother in blue and green.

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    tjohnsonr18

    over 3 years ago

    290 Comments

    Rip This is such a horrible incident. Thanks for all your service to this country home and abroad. Prayers for the family and friends. GOD BLESS

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    RIP.........................Good job

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Glad they found him! I knew it would only be a matter of time!

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Glad this POS is off the streets.

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