A deputy shot a homeless man at a transient camp north of Palm Desert Sunday, as the man reportedly wielded a weapon during an attempted arrest for an outstanding warrant, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.
The shooting happened just after 8 a.m. on Varner Road west of Washington Street, next to the Thousand Trails RV Camp, according to Deputy Robyn Flores of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Flores said the deputy was conducting an area check at a transient camp, encountered the 38-year-old suspect and determined that he had an outstanding arrest warrant.
When the deputy tried to arrest the suspect, the man allegedly advanced toward the deputy with a weapon, Flores said.
She did not disclose what type of weapon the suspect was reportedly carrying.
The deputy then shot the man, but it was not disclosed how many shots were fired, how many times the suspect was hit, or where the suspect was struck. He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
No other injuries were reported, and the deputy involved was placed on administrative leave per department policy.
The name of the suspect and deputy were not released.
Varner Road from the Thousand Trails RV Camp to 38th Avenue remained closed to traffic for several hours while the investigation was underway, Flores said.