Man With Knife Shot, Killed by Deputy in Temecula
A man with a knife was shot and killed by a deputy in Temecula Tuesday morning, officials said.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Chris Durham said the shooting took place about 10:30 a.m. outside a Riverside County courthouse — in a county complex at County Center Drive and Ynez Road.
A deputy responded to a report of an altercation between a man and a woman in the parking lot. The deputy tried to intervene as the man was being “verbally abusive” toward a family member, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.
The deputy asked the man to follow his directions, but the man refused and at one point brandished a knife, officials said. The man then moved toward the deputy in a “threatening manner” and officials said an officer-involved shooting occurred.
Deputies rendered aid and called for medical personnel, but the man died at the scene, officials said.
A deputy was not shot but was left with injuries that are not life-threatening, Durham said. He was placed on administrative leave, which is standard following officer-involved shootings.
The sergeant could not immediately confirm the man was killed, but aerial video from Sky5 showed a man’s body lying face-up in the parking lot outside the Grace Mellman library. Officials later confirmed the fatally in the news release.
Homicide investigators were on scene looking for witnesses, Durham said.
A witness told the Riverside Press-Enterprise she heard two shots. The area was cordoned off, the newspaper said.
KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.