Officer-involved shooting occurred June 16

A suspect is in critical but stable condition after an officer shot him during an investigation on Friday, according to the Cathedral City Police Department.

Officers responded to a shooting at a home in the 27-100 block of Shadowcrest Lane that was reported at 2:40 p.m., Cathedral City Police Jon Enos said in a news release. The person who reported the incident told them she heard four gunshots and one of her glass door windowpanes was broken.

Police said Cathedral City resident Benjamin Scott Cohen, 38, is a suspect. Cohen arrived at the scene in his vehicle while officers were there, which is when the officer-involved shooting occurred. Police recovered a weapon at the scene. The news release did not state whether Cohen shot at the officer.

Cohen was then taken to Desert Regional Medical Center. The department would not identify the officer involved in the shooting, but said the officer is a seven-year veteran of law enforcement who was not injured. The officer will be placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.

The Riverside County Sherriff’s Department, Force Investigation Detail is investigating the officer-involved shooting. The Cathedral City Police Department’s detectives are investigating the first shooting and its professional standards bureau is investigating whether there were policy violations, police said.

If you have information related to this incident or believe you may have information, please contact the Cathedral City Police at (760) 770-0300 / Detective Sergeant Nate Hanley at (760) 770-0328; or via the Cathedral City Police Department website at:; or email . You may also report information anonymously through Coachella
Valley Crime Stoppers, by calling (760) 341-STOP; or through the WeTip hotline at: 1-(800)-78-CRIME or

Some tip information may qualify for a cash reward.

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  • Cathedral City Police: CCPD