A man was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies after he refused to put down a hammer and charged at them, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department stated Sunday.
Deputies with the Jurupa Valley Station responded to a report of unknown trouble inside a business in the 2900 block of Rubidoux Boulevard around 10 a.m. Saturday, according to a department news release.
A man armed with a hammer was then contacted, and deputies used a Taser on him after he refused to drop the weapon.
The Taser was ineffective, and the man charged toward the deputies who then opened fire, the news release stated.
Deputies say they immediately called for an ambulance after the shooting, and the man was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation into the shooting was underway and the man’s identity was not being released pending notification of next of kin.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Investigator Gonzalez at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 or Investigator Paz at the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.