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Sheriff's Deputy Shoots, Kills Man Near Menifee

"The subject...pointed a handgun at officers," a sheriff's spokesman said of the incident.

A man has died in an deputy-involved shooting in the Sun City community, authorities said Tuesday.

The shooting occurred near the intersection of Winged Foot Drive and Cherry Hills Boulevard around 9.30 p.m. Monday, Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Alberto Martinez said. The location is by the Sun City Town Hall.

Martinez said deputies were called out for a welfare check and found a man standing in a home's garage.  They tried to contact him, to coax him out.

"The subject refused and instead pointed a handgun at officers," he said.  "At this time, an officer involved shooting occurred."

"The subject died on scene and his name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin," Martinez said.  "No officers were injured and per department policy the involved officers will be placed on paid administrative leave."

Sun City is a community for senior citizens within Menifee.


— City News Service contributed to this report.


Concerned Person April 24, 2014 at 04:29 AM
@JUSTICE! MY COMMENTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO SUGGEST THAT MOST POLICEMEN ARE CORRUPT. THE POINT OF MY EARLIER COMMENT IS THAT THIS ALLEGED SUICIDE BY POLICE COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. THE 911 CALLER FROM A NEIGHBOR TO POLICE TOLD THE DISPATCHER HE HAD SAID HE WAS INTENDING TO COMMIT SUICIDE BY POLICE. I do not know if the dispatcher told the police that. I generalize with my statement that the Riverside Sheriff force as a whole is not very well trained to deal with mentally disturbed person, especially if they are threatening suicide. I have read they do now have a few officers specially trained in this field.
Concerned Person April 24, 2014 at 04:43 AM
LAPD OFFICERS TAMPERED WITH RECORDING GEAR. (AP 4-09-2014) Officers wear small transmitters that transmit their voices back to their car to be recorded along with the dash cam on their traffic stops. This requires a special small antenna inside the car. -------- IN ONE SOUTH LA DIVISION IT WAS FOUND THAT ABOUT 40 OF THE 80 CARS HAD THAT ANTENNA RIPPED OUT. -------- A FEW MORE WERE FOUND RIPPED OUT IN NEARBY DISTRICTS. Chief instituted equipment checklist to be filled out at the beginning and ending of each shift.
Concerned Person April 24, 2014 at 04:47 AM
I AM FAVORABLY IMPRESSED WITH THE RECENTLY NEW MURRIETA POLICE CHIEF, SEAN HADDEN. I THINK HE WILL DO A LOT OF GOOD THINGS FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND MURRIETA, AND I WISH HIM WELL.
Justice For All April 24, 2014 at 05:13 AM
@Concerned Person -- Police work consists of two speeds, slow and terrifying. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When time is on the cops side, they may have the luxury of falling back, developing tactics, deploying SWAT or specially trained crisis negotiators. Unfortunately, the suspect almost always drives the pace of events. And, I would surmise from the information provided, that the conditions at the scene unfolded very rapidly, giving little chance for officers to negotiate with this person. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's a tragedy, but this guy had already chosen his path long before the cops ever arrived. Even if the officers had known in advance that he intended to draw fire upon himself, there wouldn't have been any change in the outcome. The victim forced the officers to take the action that they did. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You need to accept that these are the FACTS and there are going to be certain circumstances that are simply beyond the control of anyone. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- No amount of additional police training could have altered the situation. Society is filled with the mentally ill and cops engage them practically on a daily basis. Unfortunately, some will cross the line and threaten the safety of others. On those occasions they will often die. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You should also check your facts about the level of special training that officers receive for dealing with the mentally ill. The California DOJ sets training standards for all police in the state. Most officers receive up to 80 hours of training in the academy, and an additional 120 hours of active training in dealing with the mentally ill.

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