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Posted on: January 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Deputy Involved Shooting

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Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Wenndy Brito-Gonzalez

File # I230030046


On Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 12:56 PM, deputies responded to the 800 block of Minor Street in San Jacinto reference a domestic dispute. The female reported her boyfriend was behaving erratically and armed with a machete. The female was able to escape from the residence, however, the suspect prevented her 12-year-old child from leaving with her. The suspect barricaded himself and the juvenile inside of the residence. When deputies attempted to rescue the juvenile, the suspect hit the deputy in the head with a wooden object, causing a minor injury, and then swung the machete at another deputy.

The Special Enforcement Bureau responded to assist with the rescue of the juvenile. During the rescue, the suspect struck a deputy with the machete and a deputy involved shooting occurred.

The juvenile was uninjured and safely removed from the residence. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. One deputy was treated on scene for his injuries and the other was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The involved deputies will be placed on paid administrative leave according to Department policy. The names of the involved deputies will also not be released at this time.

An investigator from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will lead this investigation, aided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Force Investigations Detail. This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Riverside County District Attorney Investigator J.R. Ferrer or Riverside County Sheriff’s Investigator Nelson Gomez at 951-955-2777.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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