Deputy shoots man during standoff at rural home west of Temecula
A deputy shot and wounded a man during a hourslong standoff with the Riverside County sheriff’s SWAT team that began Thursday afternoon at a rural home west of Temecula, officials said.
“(Robert) Utley was taken into custody and transported to a local area hospital for treatment of his injuries,” according to a sheriff’s press release.
Although the statement didn’t say what time the shooting took place, earlier reports indicate negotiators were still trying to get Utley to exit the home as late as 10 p.m.
The incident began around 4 p.m., when Utley’s family told officials the 59-year-old was had threatened to harm them while carrying a firearm in the 47400 block of Sandia Creek Drive in Del Luz. The family said they had escaped from the home.
“From the onset of the incident it was learned that an adult male and adult female were inside of a guest house located within the 20-acre property,” the press release said.
Deputies tried to get Utley to give up peacefully, but the sheriff’s statement said he refused and the SWAT team was called in.
SWAT team members safely evacuated those who were in the guest house away from the property, officials said.
A crisis negotiation team tried to get the man to surrender; however, Utley refused and continued to make threats toward anyone who approached the home, the press release said.
At some point during the standoff, a deputy shot Utley. He was taken to a hospital. Once he’s released, officials say he will be booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in French Valley on suspicion of false imprisonment, criminal threats and other related counts.
The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave per department policy, officials said. Authorities said the deputy’s name will not be released at this time.
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