Two arrested after shots fired at patrol car on Poway Road

Two men were arrested and booked on charges of attempted murder on a police officer after four shots were fired at the patrol car of a San Diego Police officer Saturday night in Poway.

No one was injured, according to a department press release.

The incident began about 7:50 p.m. when an on-duty officer attempted to pull over a car on Poway Road at Espola Road because he suspected the driver may have been driving under the influence.

"Shortly after activating his lights, the officer heard what he thought was a gunshot," the press release said. "A few seconds later he heard three more shots and also saw the muzzle flash from a firearm. The flashes appeared to come from the passenger side of the vehicle."

Additional officers were summoned by radio to Poway Road near Welton Road, where the car had been stopped. The two men inside were detained. Inside the car deputies reported finding a handgun. Poway Road was closed temporarily while deputies searched for, and were able to find, expended shell casings from a handgun.

Arrested were the passenger, Michael Rains, 28, of Ramona and the driver, Daniel Schwartzel, 18, who said he was a transient. Both were being held without bail on Sunday.

   
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