The Riverside County coroner’s office Sunday released some details about a homeless man who was fatally shot by police after he allegedly pulled a gun on officers south of downtown Riverside.
It happened at around 8:20 a.m. Saturday when officers attempted to contact the homeless man in the 3700 block of Elizabeth Street, according to Officer Ryan Railsback, a spokesman for the Riverside Police Department.
The officers were part of the department’s Public Safety Engagement Team, which also consists of social workers and a code enforcement officer. Railsback said the team often checks the area because it is commonly frequented by people experiencing homelessness.
The officers approached the man while the other city employees stayed behind in the patrol vehicle, according to Railsback. He said the homeless man then began walking away before allegedly turning around, pulling out a handgun and pointing it at the officers.
“An officer involved shooting then occurred. The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and died,” Railsback said.
The coroner’s office said the homeless man was 34 years old and was pronounced dead at Riverside Community Hospital, about a mile and a half from where the shooting occurred. Railsback described the man as Hispanic.
The man’s name was withheld pending notification of his family.
No one else was injured in the shooting.
Police said a handgun was found next to where the homeless man was shot.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation into the shooting.