Orange County Sheriff's cruiser
Orange Count Sheriff’s cruiser. Photo by John Schrieber

A man upset about new floor plans for his home has died from a wound he suffered in a deputy-involved shooting after he allegedly threatened to shoot a contractor.

The suspect was rushed in extremely critical condition Tuesday afternoon to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority. He was identified by his real estate agent as Paul Mono, CBS2 reported.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Mono, 65, of Laguna Woods died later on Tuesday.

Deputies were called to the 600 block of Avenida Sevilla at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, said Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

No deputies were injured.

Mono was apparently upset about new floor plans for his home in the Orange County retirement community and had allegedly threatened to shoot the contractor, the suspect’s real estate agent, Jennifer Heflin, told the Orange County Register.

Heflin, who runs Laguna Premier Realty, said she sold the property to Mono and his wife about five months ago. She told CBS2 that Mono showed her his gun and ammunition Monday and said he wanted to shoot his contractor, who allegedly went over budget.

She went to visit him Tuesday, with the contractor, Dennis Metzler, joining in by phone though he was nearby. After Metzler could hear Mono getting upset, he told Heflin to get out and called 911, The Register reported.

Metzler witnessed sheriff’s deputies enter the house while he and Heflin waited near a carport.

“They went to his door, yelling, `Put the gun down. Get down,’ and then we heard the shots,” Metzler told The Register.

—City News Service

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