SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who was shot and wounded after allegedly using his car to ram a deputy U.S. marshal's vehicle in Clairemont Mesa pleaded not guilty from his hospital bed Friday to attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
Richard Arguijo, 32, was ordered held on $3 million bail.
The violence flared just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday as several members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force were conducting an investigation in the 3300 block of Mount Acadia Boulevard, according to a San Diego Police Department statement.
A deputy U.S. Marshal was putting equipment in his unmarked vehicle when a male in a Toyota sedan approached, asked him why he was bothering his family and threatened to kill him, the statement said.
When the deputy got into his vehicle and called for assistance, the suspect rammed the vehicle, causing the driver's door airbag to deploy, it said, adding that the suspect then put his car in reverse and slammed into the deputy's vehicle a second time.
The deputy scrambled out through the passenger door, drew his service weapon and approached the Toyota, ordering the male to show his hands, but the suspect reached underneath the driver's seat instead, police said,.
"Fearing the male was about to arm himself, the deputy fired several rounds, striking the male," according to the San Diego police statement.
The deputy -- who has been with the U.S. Marshal's Service five years -- was taken to an emergency room for evaluation after complaining of pain, said Omar Castillo of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Arguijo -- who suffered non-life-threatening wounds -- faces life in prison if convicted.
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