Man Fatally Shot by Officers in Upland Had Brandished a Replica Firearm: Police

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Police shot and killed a man who they say brandished a replica firearm at officers in Upland Thursday morning.

The incident occurred about 3:15 a.m. when officers responded to a call of a suspicious person in the area of West 11th Street and North Benson Avenue.

Arriving officers contacted a man who brandished what appeared to be a gun at them, Upland Police Department Capt. Blanco said.

Multiple officers, fearing for their lives, then opened fire on the man, Blanco said. Authorities have said the responding officers didn't know the gun was fake at the time of the shooting.

The man, said to be in his late 20s to early 30s, was critically injured and taken to a local hospital, where Blanco said he later died.

Police have identified the man, but his name was not being released pending the notification of his next of kin.

"This was a situation that could have been avoided if the suspect had followed commands and not produced that weapon," Police Chief Darren Goodman said.

"It's dangerous for people to run around with replica guns," the chief said.

Witness video captured audio of officers saying "Don't move. Don't move," to the suspect prior to the shooting. Multiple gunshots could also be heard on a video obtained by KTLA.

The weapon brandished by the man turned out to be a replica gun, which was recovered at the scene, Blanco said.

Crime scene tape blocked a driveway into nearby Cabrillo Elementary School Thursday morning.

Blanco said the school would open as usual, but parents may have to take a different route to the campus while authorities conducted their investigation.

Meanwhile, Goodman said the incident shows why carrying fake guns can prove dangerous.

"This is a classic example of what happens when people carry replica weapons and when people brandish weapons at police officers," he said.

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