Authorities Tuesday were investigating the fatal deputy-involved shooting of a suspect who allegedly fired at deputies with an airsoft gun in unincorporated West Valinda.
The shooting occurred around 4:40 p.m. Monday in the 1200 block of Stichman Avenue, said Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Vincent Hernandez Jr., 39, died at the scene, the coroner’s office reported.
Deputies were responding to a family disturbance call when they contacted Hernandez’ family members who said the man was under the influence of narcotics and causing a disturbance.
Deputies attempted to talk to Hernandez, who locked himself in a bedroom and refused to leave despite the deputies’ requests, Moody said. Instead, he exited the bedroom through a rear window that led into the backyard of the home, Moody said.
Deputies contacted Hernandez in the backyard and saw that he had what they believed to be a handgun in one hand and a rifle in the other, Moody said. The deputies ordered him to drop the weapons but he fired two rounds at the deputies, prompting them to return fire as they feared for their safety, he said.
Hernandez was struck several times in the upper body and died at the scene, Moody said. After further investigation, it was determined that the weapons were airsoft guns, which fire plastic pellets.
—City News Service
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