A Kern County Sheriff's Department Incident Review Board has determined the use of force by a deputy who fired upon an auto theft suspect that had rammed the deputy's patrol vehicle was within sheriff's department policy.

Senior Deputy Robert Reed fired at Adolfo Rivera Jr. Jan. 3 after Rivera led Reed on a chase and then rammed the deputy's patrol vehicle on Eucalyptus Road, according to deputies. Rivera was not hit and was taken into custody shortly afterward.

Rivera is charged with offenses including attempted murder.

- The Californian