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Valley Police Beat: More information released on high-speed chase

August 01, 2010|By ELIZABETH VARIN and ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writers
  • Officers investigate the scene of a shooting accident Friday at the corner of La Brucherie Road and Ross Avenue in El Centro. Car units from Imperial and El Centro responded to the scene.
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More information has been released about the man involved in a high-speed chase Friday morning in El Centro.
Kevin Michael Rachford allegedly brandished a shotgun following the chase, according to a press statement by Imperial Police Chief Miguel Colon. Authorities suspect Rachford had a shotgun when he arrived at his wife's home in Imperial and sped off shortly after officers responded to a call from the home.
Police followed the maroon BMW sedan driven by Rachford, according to the statement. Speeds reached 100 mph on southbound La Brucherie Road before Rachford lost control of the car and crashed into a cinder block wall of an Imperial Irrigation District substation at La Brucherie Road and Ross Avenue in El Centro.
Rachford allegedly brandished the weapon at the Imperial police officer and was shot, police said. One Imperial police officer was involved in the shooting, and Colon declined to say whether the officer was placed on administrative leave as it is a personnel matter.
The District Attorney's Office is investigating the officer-involved shooting, and District Attorney Gilbert Otero previously said he believes witnesses' accounts will corroborate what police are saying about the shooting.
It's not known what charges, if any, Rachford will face following completion of an investigation, Otero said.

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