A Riverside man drove up to the Riverside Police Department station on a Sunday and fired one bullet at the front door of the building, but no one was injured, officials said Saturday, July 2.
A police custodian was cleaning the Magnolia Avenue station on June 4 when he heard a loud noise, but didn’t know what it came from, a news release from the department said.
The bullet hole in the front door was discovered a few days after the incident. The discovery was not immediate because most station employees park behind gates and don’t use the front entrance of the station to get into the building, Officer Ryan Railsback of the Riverside Police Department said.
The bullet sailed through the lobby, struck the front counter ballistic glass and ricocheted up to land on the second floor.
No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred when the station was closed. It wasn’t immediately known why the shooter fired at the station.
Officers reviewed surveillance video from the day and saw a black Chrysler 300 enter the parking lot, pull up to the entrance and the driver appearing to fire one shot through the open passenger window of the car at the front door.
The footage captured the license plate of the car, which was registered to 20-year-old Brian Roman.
By the time detectives found who the car was registered to, Roman was already in police custody for an unrelated incident. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance June 4, the evening of the shooting, where Roman was accused of assaulting a family member, making criminal threats and committing vandalism. He initially refused to surrender to police, but was ultimately taken into custody with the assistance of a police K-9.
Additional shooting-related charges were added to Roman’s jail booking after officers investigated the shooting. He was being held on $500,000 bail.