Man Who Shot At Escondido Police Officers and ASTREA Helicopter Sentenced To 34 Years
A man driving a stolen car, and in possession of stolen guns, who shot at Escondido Ca. Police Officers and the San Diego Sheriff's ASTREA Helicopter was recently sentenced to 34 years in State Prison. While no officers or deputies were injured in the pursuit and shooting, Escondido Police Officer Ryan Banks uniform was grazed by a bullet, just missing his neck. The pursuit began when an officer responded to a simple "suspicious person" call, of a subject who had been sitting in a vehicle in a neighborhood for several hours. That man was Eric Anthony Pomatto 27.
Pomatto was in a stolen car and was in possession of two weapons he found in the car when he stole from a Starbucks in Chula Vista earlier that day. Pomatto was essentially lying in wait for the father of his ex-girlfriend, whom he planned to kill. During the pursuit Pomatto fired numerous rounds from both a shotgun and 9 MM pistol. Some of those rounds were fired at the San Diego Sheriff's helicopter with Deputy-Pilots Gene Palos and Darren Dollard on board.