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Slain LEO Slipped; Suspect Grabbed Gun and Shot

Slain LEO Slipped; Suspect Grabbed Gun and Shot

Left: Officer Ryan P. Bonaminio | Right: Earl Ellis Green

Los Angeles Times via YellowBrix

November 16, 2010

RIVERSIDE, CA – The suspect who allegedly killed Riverside Police Officer Ryan P. Bonaminio wrestled the officer’s gun away after he slipped and fell, then used the gun to shoot him, authorities said Monday.

At a press conference Monday, officials released more details about the Nov. 7 shooting. They said Earl Ellis Green, 44, of Rubidoux, attacked Bonominio after the officer fell, wrestled the gun away and shot him.

Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said Green made that choice instead of running away and continuing his escape.

Officer Bonaminio pleaded for his life before he was murdered, said Pacheco. “This defendant ignored those pleas and shot him,” he said.

Joseph Bonaminio, Ryan’s father, said that Ellis “assassinated my son, he doesn’t deserve to breathing the same air as you and me.”

Bonaminio had pulled over the stolen big-rig driven by Green that was believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run collision near the 60 Freeway, according to police. Green sped south on Market Street before pulling over in front of Riverside’s Fairmount Park and running down a grassy field.

Green was charged last Tuesday with one count of murder with two special circumstances — the murder of a law enforcement officer, and murder to avoid imminent arrest, said Riverside Dist. Atty. Rod Pacheco at a news conference Monday.

Pacheco said that his office will thoroughly review the case and Green’s criminal background before deciding whether to pursue the death penalty. A decision should be made within two weeks, he said.

Green is also charged with one count of vehicle theft with a previous conviction and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Riverside Superior Court.


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Job 1:21, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."

    RIP Officer Bonaminio

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    R.I.P. Brother

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace Officer Bonaminio . Our prayers are for your family, friends and department.

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    BeachAngel

    over 3 years ago

    5892 Comments

    Wish any of us could have been there to help Officer Bonaminio... too many words & thoughts to say on here for the rest. Again, my deepest condolences to the family, department, comrades, friends.... RIP

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    t1401hm

    over 3 years ago

    1754 Comments

    Sickening

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    maverick823

    over 3 years ago

    766 Comments

    RIP BRother and to the family ,..may God grant you the justice you deserve....Bullet or bolts....Glad to help anyway I can

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    gradyg

    over 3 years ago

    1118 Comments

    Rest in peace GOD BLESS, death penalty for anyone who shots and kill an Officer of the Law and life in prison for anyone who shots at or injure a police officer. Reviewing the case for anyone who kills a police officer is a slap in the face for the men and women who put their live in danger every day in uniform. The judicial system in this country is becoming a joke because laws are being made on top of laws and not being enforce by the court systems in this country. When criminals are getting 10 to 20 years for murder that shows me how much the judges values a life.

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    Stealth4387

    over 3 years ago

    188 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother! To attack the officer while he was down then murder him when the POS could have just continued to run is truly heinous! Too bad the courts will take forever in giving Officer Bonaminio JUSTICE! Just give the POS the death penalty now and save everyone the heartache of a long appeals process.

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    shaun741

    over 3 years ago

    2758 Comments

    RIP, should be policy to always seek the death penalty in this type of case

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    Jamie42

    over 3 years ago

    280 Comments

    My condolences to this officer's family and may he RIP. I do believe that this is an excellent example of why ALL sidearms worn by any LEO have the disabling feature incorporated into it; by use of the ring on the officer's shooting hand. The system is available now, and yes, it is expensive, but how much more is worth of an officer's life compared to a firearm?

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    npd783

    over 3 years ago

    1156 Comments

    I only hope the jury can make the right decision, and fry this guy.

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    Canival9885

    over 3 years ago

    380 Comments

    Please don't let this guy get anything less than a death sentence!!! I mean anything else will be a travesty!!!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Bump mmarchesi.

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    Daysend

    over 3 years ago

    902 Comments

    Of course, in a system designed to generate cash flow that strictly punishes small offenses streamlining people to bigger crimes; seemingly slaps murders and rapists on the hand with a ruler, and send the inbetweeners to an all expenses paid college for criminals complete with tv, internet, and work out facilities. How can one really respect or fear the court/prison system?

    Now its the Leos who the criminals fear, The guys who take em off the streets. Youre the last line of defense folks n i thank you for it.

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    FinallyRetired

    over 3 years ago

    22 Comments

    I would guess the wrong people finally captured him...Hmmmm...and he is still living???????

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