WOODCREST – A man was shot and killed by a responding deputy after approaching the deputy with a knife on Wednesday afternoon. At around 3:50 p.m. the deputy from the Perris station responded to a felony vandalism in the 15800 block of Wood road in the Woodcrest area.
The deputy located and attempted to make contact with the suspect, but the suspect immediately became combative throwing large rocks at the deputy. The deputy and the patrol vehicle were both struck by the rocks. The deputy continued to give verbal commands to the suspect, but he refused to comply. The suspect then produced a knife and approached the deputy. The deputy told the suspect to drop the knife, but he again refused. The deputy in fear for his safety fired from his service weapon shooting the suspect.
When the suspect went down, the deputy immediately approached him to provide medical aid as he called for emergency medical assistance. When they arrived the rushed the suspect to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The name of the deceased man is not being released at this time so that family can first be notified. No other injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
The involved deputy has been placed on administrative leave per Department policy. The involved deputy’s name will not be released at this time. Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. This is an on-going investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Alfaro at (760) 393-3528 or Investigator Wyatt at (951) 210-1000.
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