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Posted on: November 11, 2019

[ARCHIVED] In-Custody Death


Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release: In-Custody Death
Station Area:Palm Desert
Written Date:November 11, 2019Time:11:00 AM
Incident Date:November 10, 2019Time:5:38 PM
Incident Location:64000 Block of Pinehurst Circle, Desert Hot Springs
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Ken Thurm
File Number(s):O19314018


On Sunday, November 10, 2019, around 5:40 PM, Deputies from the Palm Desert Station responded to the 64000 block of Pinehurst Circle, in the unincorporated area of Desert Hot Springs, in regards to a domestic dispute. Upon their arrival Deputies located the suspect, 53-year-old, Carlos Sandoval, holding a knife to his abdomen. Deputies attempted to deescalate the situation and instructed Sandoval to drop the knife. Sandoval refused to comply which resulted in a taser deployment. Shortly after the taser deployment Sandoval stabbed himself in the abdomen. The Deputies immediately began life saving measures while waiting for paramedics. Sandoval was taken to Desert Regional Hospital where he died from his injuries. 

Since Sandoval died following a use of force by department members, investigators from the Sheriff’s Force Investigations Detail assumed the investigation which is still on-going. The official cause of death will be determined by the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau. 

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department encourages anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Gomez at (951) 955-2777, or Palm Desert Station Investigator Mcanallen at 760-836-1600. 

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff's 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please apply at or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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