Riverside County Sheriff's Department cruiser. File photo: Toni McAllister
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department cruiser. MyNewsLA.com file photo: Toni McAllister

Authorities Thursday released “graphic” and “disturbing” video footage that appears to show a man pointing a gun at Riverside County sheriff’s deputies before they fatally shot him in front of a gun store in Palm Desert.

The video, introduced by Sheriff Chad Bianco warning viewers of “graphic” and “distrubing” images, may be viewed on the Facebook page of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department. A Google search for Facebook.com, Riverside Sheriff, Video, Shooting, June 22 will provide access.

Aaron Solorio Granados, 33, of Palm Desert died at the scene of the June 22 shooting in front of C.V. Guns & Tackle at 41-945 Boardwalk.

“Deputies announced themselves, gave numerous commands, but the suspect never responded,” Bianco said in the video posted to the department’s Facebook page, which includes both body-worn camera footage and video from the gun store’s security system.

Deputies were responding to an alarm call at the gun store about 10:30 p.m. when they located a car plowed into the front entrance. After they established a perimeter, Granados exited holding what appears in the video to be a semiautomatic rifle in one hand.

It remains unclear if Granados stole the gun from the store before departing.

The deputies involved were put on administrative leave, as is routine in law enforcement shootings under investigation. Their names were not released and they later returned to work.

The sheriff’s department is continuing to investigate the shooting, which could take up to 18 months to complete, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Deanna Pecoraro.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is also investigating the shooting, according to John Hall, a spokesman for the D.A.’s office.

Granados has no felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County, court records show.

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