Shooting suspect leads pursuit on bike


A man was arrested in Half Moon Bay on Wednesday after San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies said he fired several shots at another man.

Jose Rafael Monroy-Casillas, 32, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a firearm, exhibiting a firearm, resisting or obstructing an officer and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded just after 6 p.m. to the beach area between Kelly Avenue and Poplar Street after receiving a report of shots fired.

The victim told investigators a man riding a red bicycle, later identified as Monroy-Casillas, fired three shots at him.

Deputies said they located Monroy-Casillas a short time later riding the bicycle on a nearby trail and he tried to ride away.

After a chase involving several deputies that went through a residential neighborhood, across state Highway 1, through school soccer fields, a gas station and back across the highway toward Pine Avenue, deputies located Monroy-Casillas at a restaurant and took him into custody, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said Monroy-Casillas had an unspent bullet in his pocket and the victim identified him as the suspect.

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