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Posted on: January 10, 2024

Deputy-Involved Shooting

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Riverside County Sheriff-Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Wenndy Brito-Gonzalez

File # D240090052


On Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 11:41 p.m., deputies assigned to the Hemet Sheriff’s Station responded to the 26300 block of Jepson Court in Hemet for a report of a physical altercation between family members where a female had sustained injuries.

Deputies arrived at the residence and contacted the suspect at the front door. The suspect was uncooperative and shut the door. While deputies were outside attempting to contact the involved parties, the suspect fired at them with an assault rifle from within the residence. The suspect then exited the residence wearing body armor and armed with the assault rifle. He fired at deputies a second time and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.

The suspect was struck by gunfire and deputies rendered medical aid until paramedics arrived. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The adult female victim was located at the residence and treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the scene. No deputies were injured during this incident.

The involved deputy will be placed on paid administrative leave according to Department policy. The name of the involved deputy will not be released at this time. The suspect’s identity will also be withheld pending next of kin notification.

An investigator from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office who is assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Force Investigations Detail will lead this investigation. This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Riverside County District Attorney Investigator Mario Moreno or Riverside County Sheriff’s Master Investigator Martin Alfaro at 951-955-2777.

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

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