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Man shot by deputies in Moreno Valley dies

By in Press Enterprise on July 16, 2017

By Ali Tadayon

A man who was shot by Riverside County sheriff’s deputies Saturday night died later at a hospital, authorities said Sunday.

The man’s family and sheriff’s officials both said the man was armed with a gun and had been threatening family members. Someone called authorities to report a family disturbance, and deputies headed to the Stonegate at Towngate apartment complex in the 12600 block of Memorial Way about 6:30 p.m.

Within moments of deputies arriving and contacting the suspect, the officer-involved shooting occurred, according to a sheriff’s news release. The deputies “provided life-saving efforts” and called paramedics; the man was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Nobody else was injured, the news release said.

The statement said the man’s name will not be released “pending notification of next of kin,” despite the fact that his relatives were on scene and identified him to deputies prior to the shooting.

Brenda Walker, 61, said Saturday night that she was the man’s grandmother. She said her 23-year-old grandson was shot multiple times in the chest. She said doctors at Riverside University Health System Medical Center had told her they wouldn’t know her grandson’s condition for hours.

She said her grandson, who lived in Los Angeles and was in Moreno Valley to visit his mother, wasn’t perfect.

“Our baby doll … he had some problems,” she said, “but he was a good kid.”

The deputies involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave, per Sheriff’s Department policy.

The Sheriff’s central homicide unit is investigating the incident, as it does with all officer-involved shootings. Officials ask anyone with information to contact investigators at 760-393-3526 or 951-486-6700.

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