A 66-year-old man who authorities say was fatally shot after he pointed a rifle at two sheriff’s deputies at La Quinta City Hall was a local doctor who had been employed by Borrego Health until recently, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
Randy Fedorchuk of La Quinta worked for Borrego Health from April 2016 to this April, according to spokesman Vitor Coral.
“Dr. Fedorchuk served his patients mostly at Centro Medico Cathedral City offering primary care services, but rotated to other sites of care if/when needed,” Coral told City News Service.
Coral said he was “not at liberty to discuss” the circumstances surrounding Fedorchuk’s departure from the company.
Deputies were sent about 1:25 p.m. last Thursday to La Quinta City Hall at 78495 Calle Tampico on a report of a man with a gun in the courtyard, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Lionel Murphy.
The deputies saw a man with a rifle, which he pointed at the deputies, according to Murphy. A deputy then fired an undisclosed amount of bullets, wounding the suspect, who died at a hospital.
The rifle was recovered at the scene, Murphy said.
The deputies, who were unhurt, were placed on administrative leave for an unspecified time period in accordance with department policy on investigations into shootings involving sheriff’s personnel. Their names were not released.
Investigators with the sheriff’s department and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate the shooting, according to the sheriff’s department.
La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans said Thursday evening that a staffer encountered the armed man outside City Hall and alerted the sheriff’s department and staffers to the presence of “an active shooter.”
She said the staffer who encountered the suspect was able to “safely enter our City Hall building and locked the doors” and, along with alerting authorities, “spread the word of an active shooter” to staff.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, City Hall is closed to the public and the doors are locked. People must make an appointment to be seen by a city worker and are only allowed into City Hall when arriving for a scheduled appointment.
Fedorchuk did not have any documented felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.
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.