A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man who fled from deputies and refused to follow their commands, according to a Sheriff’s Department statement released Sunday.
Deputies were dispatched at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday to the 48600 block of Seminole Drive in response to a report of a “suspicious person near a business.” The Desert Hills Premium Outlets are located on that block and close at 9 p.m. on Saturdays, according to their website.
When deputies approached the man, he ran east on Seminole Drive, and then dodged traffic and ran across the 10 Freeway, said Sgt. Chris Durham in the statement.
Deputies set up a perimeter and with the aid of a helicopter were able to locate the man on Johnson Lane.
“The suspect continued to evade deputies and failed to obey deputies’ commands,” Durham said. “Officers attempted to take him into custody and an officer involved shooting occurred.”
The statement did not explain what led the deputy open fire on the man nor did it mention whether the man was armed.
Deputies provided medical aid to the man before he was hospitalized, though he later died due to his injuries.
The identity of the man was withheld pending notification of his family, Durham said.
No deputies were hurt in the incident.
The name of the deputy who shot the man was not released. He or she was placed on administrative leave per department policy.
–City News Service
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