A knife-wielding man suspected of slashing car tires outside a Calimesa store was fatally shot Tuesday by a sheriff’s deputy who tried to detain him.

The shooting occurred about 9 a.m. on the Cherry Valley Boulevard entrance ramp to Interstate 10, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Sgt. Brandi Swan said a patrol deputy was sent to the 1000 block of Cherry Valley to investigate reports that a man had slashed tires on two vehicles outside a business. After reaching the scene, witnesses directed the lawman toward the freeway, and the deputy spotted the suspect walking along the on-ramp to the eastbound side, Swan said.

“The suspect was carrying a knife, and attempts to disarm him by using less-lethal munitions and a Taser were not successful,” she said. “When the suspect advanced toward the deputy with the knife, a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

Paramedics were immediately summoned and arrived within minutes. The man was taken to a nearby trauma center, where he died a short time later, according to the sergeant.

The deputy, whose name was not released, wasn’t injured. He’s been placed on paid administrative leave pending a use-of-force investigation involving the District Attorney’s Office, according to officials.

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