This press release is a follow-up to the press release sent January 31, 2014, and in response to various media inquiries received reference to the officer involved shooting on January 30, 2014 on the 500 block of Woodward in El Centro.
The El Centro Police Department Investigations Division continues to diligently investigate the incident.
We want to confirm the suspect was armed during the incident and no one other than the suspect sustained significant injuries during the incident.
The investigation indicated the suspect, identified by Imperial County Coronerâ€™s Office as Mark Anthony Ayala, was a parolee at large and had an active misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.
Additionally, the suspect was involved in an incident with the El Centro Police Department the night of January 29, 2014.
On January 29, 2014, police were called to investigate an in-progress battery in the parking lot of 670 Adams. The reporting party reported seeing a male strike a female twice.
Police arrived on scene as the male fled the area on a bicycle. Officers pursued the male and identified him and Mark Anthony Ayala, the same subject involved in the officer involved shooting on January 30.
As officers pursued Ayala, e brandished a firearm at the officers and eluded capture.
The El Centro Police Department is committed to providing the best possible service to our community.
e want to thank the agencies that have provided help thus far, and continue to invite our community to contact the Investigations Division with any information related to the incident.