An armed man who was shot by West Covina police after a high-speed chase Sunday had his 4-year-old son with him during the wild pursuit in a stolen SUV, police said Monday.
Freddy Silva, 31, allegedly drove the wrong way on the 10 Freeway, opened fire on police with a shotgun, and crashed into a house in Pomona, before he left his son and carjacked second car. He was then shot by police and remains hospitalized.
Silva had been acquitted 10 days before on an assault case involving a firearm, police also said Monday.
Lt. Dave Dolson of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said Silva, whose last known address is in Claremont, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remained in critical condition Monday at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
“He was shot once in the upper torso with a department-issued shotgun,” Dolson said.
The Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is handling the investigation because it is an officer-involved shooting.
Dolson said Silva’s son is in protective custody with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He didn’t know where Silva was heading Sunday before encountering police.
According to online court record and authorities, a Pomona Superior Court jury acquitted Silva on Feb. 16 of charges related to an assault case.