A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man armed with a rifle Thursday at La Quinta City Hall, a sergeant said.
Deputies were sent about 1:25 p.m. to La Quinta City Hall at 78495 Calle Tampico to a report of a man with a gun in the courtyard, according to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Lionel Murphy.
The deputies saw a man with a rifle, which he pointed at the deputies. A deputy fired at the suspect, striking him, Murphy said.
The suspect was taken to a hospital and later died.
The rifle was recovered at the scene, Murphy said.
No deputies were injured.
Both deputies have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy. Their names were not released.
Investigators from the Force Investigations Detail, consisting of the Riverside County District Attorney Investigators and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit, responded and assumed the investigation.
The Force Investigations Detail encourages anyone with information regarding the shooting to contact District Attorney Investigator Steve Paixao at 760-863-8216 or Investigator Dickey at 951-955-7777.
The fatal shooting was the third involving a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy in the Coachella Valley since June.
Jeffery Monroy, 33, of Cathedral City was fatally wounded Aug. 7 after authorities say he attacked a deputy with a screwdriver in the 70000 block of Tamarisk Lane in Rancho Mirage.
Deputies fatally shot Aaron Solorio Granados, 33, on June 22 outside C.V. Guns & Tackle at 41-945 Boardwalk, Suite R, in Palm Desert, after he pointed a gun at them, according to the sheriff’s department.