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Hemet Man ID'd in Deadly Officer Involved Shooting

The Riverside County coroner's office identified the man shot and killed this week by police.

A Hemet man has been identified in the deadly officer involved shooting that stemmed from a vehicle theft investigation earlier this week in San Jacinto.

Theodore Sazzmann, 53, died Oct. 18 at Hemet Valley Medical Center after he was shot when a police officer thought he was reaching for a weapon, according to sheriff's and coroner's reports.

Sazzmann was spotted by a deputy responding to a "suspicious person" call about 1:25 a.m. in San Jacinto. The officer found a vehicle in the 900 block of Hisse Drive that looked like it had been broken into, and heard another vehicle starting nearby.

The deputy, thinking the vehicle may have been involved in the suspected burglary, went to the vehicle and saw a man inside, sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez said.

"The officer identified himself and instructed the male to show him his hands. The male failed to comply with the officer's instructions; instead he reached and grabbed a dark object from the center console," Martinez said. "The officer, believing the object to be a weapon and fearing for his safety. fired his duty weapon, striking the male."

Banning-Beaumont Patch asked the sheriff's department if the item did indeed turn out to be a weapon, however was told that information can not be disclosed at this time since this case is under investigation.

The officer who fired the weapon has been placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard operating procedure in these cases.

LLODOWN October 20, 2012 at 03:06 PM
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE! IF IT WAS A WEPONS THEY WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO, BECAUSE THEY WON'T SAY JUST ANOTHER DEAD PERSON KILLED BY A SCARED ASS COP! ALL I'M SAYING IS WHY PPL HAVE TO DIE? YOU HAVE OTHER SORCE OF WEPONS. THAT COP WAS WAY TO QUICK. TAKE OUT HIS EYE OR HIT HIM IN THE HEAD WITH UR STICK! SHOT THAT MAN DEAD, NOW WE CAN'T HEAR HIS SIDE OF THE STORY CAUSE HE'S DEAD!!!! SMDH...
Christy October 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM
That BRAVE ass cop has a family & WHY is a 53 year old man robbing cars at 1 am. If people don't comply-you will get SHOT! Don't break the law and you won't be killed.
Rex October 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Show your hands sounds pretty clear to me.
Jack Smith October 21, 2012 at 01:10 AM
gee christy, nobody says that he broke any law.
LLODOWN October 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Thank you Jack... Read the story carefully Christy.
Kelly October 21, 2012 at 04:22 PM
There is more to the story than what the public is being told. I don't know what Sazzmann's involvement was, but that same morning at 6am I found someone in my car when I was leaving for work. Fortunately the officers were at the end of my street still investigating the earlier shooting. They came running to my defense. When they pulled the punk from my car, all the items he had stolen from the other vehicles spilled out onto my driveway. There has been no mention of this person in any news articles nor does he appear on the SJ Police Dept. FB page.
Christy October 21, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Believe me, anyone out at 1am wandering the streets is up to no good. Sorry Kelly, so scary for you and your family. Its pretty sad when you can't feel safe in your community because of these lowlifes!
Doc Grander October 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM
So sad Christy, that you are so quick to jump to conclusions, for example 1st you assume that he wasn't in his car nobody said it was his car or not. 2nd you lable everyone that is out past 1 am a lowlife.!! I guess you have never been "out" maybe on a date, coming home from a party, or back into town from a vacation, or on a trip somewhere, where you travel when its cool and less traffic and problems.!! Some people work swing/graveyard shifts, deliver newspapers in the wee hours, or make donuts, for you to stuff in your face when you get up and go to work, if you work, (maybe you're agrophobic !) The point is, you dont know any more than the rest of us. And unless you know the cop, you don't KNOW if he is a "BRAVE ASS COP" or a scared little wussass cop thats trigger happy.! Why don't you take a chill pill and not open your mouth until you have the facts.!! Then you'll be able to pass judgement on others in a fairer fashion.!! I am thankful YOU are NOT A COP, or a REAL JUDGE.!! TAKE A NAP CHRISTY.!
LLODOWN October 22, 2012 at 03:41 PM
@ Doc G. What you said! Trigger Happy. A man is dead & can't SPEEK for his actions. R.I.P.Theodore Suzzmann @53 years of age.
Just listen October 23, 2012 at 09:33 PM
there sure was a man that was roming around MY house at that time which is right around the corner he was lucky the cops have shouwed up because i was heading our the door armed to shot this man as he was looking in windows of autos and homes.!!! so get the story and let the police officers do there job with out the public blaming them. i am sure you would want them to proctect your nieghberhood and when they didnt you would raise hell!
jesica flores October 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM
It doesn't say if that was his car or if he lived there .nothing about the old man. Cops are trained to use different techniques. Befor they draw there gun sounds like the cop is a ruckie needs to pay jst like everyone else does
JOHN JOSEPH SMALL October 27, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Learn to be literite before posting anything. It makes you look just as stupid as the dumb ass that was Shot. Come around my house or car at 1:30 am See if I use a Taser on your stupid ass. Cops do every law abiding citizen justice by removing such trash from society. If you do not understand english get back to where you came from, or learn it. Show your hands in english does not mead reach for the center console. Wake up yo u dumb hicks. this is 2012 not 1920
Ken October 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM
JOHN JOSEPH SMALL 1:38 pm on Saturday, October 27, 2012 "Learn to be literite before posting anything. It makes you look just as stupid ..........................................................................Show your hands in english does not mead..........." "........Wake up yo u dumb hicks. Cant wait until Im literite!
Been There October 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Peace officers are not only there to protect you and your property, they are there to protect themselves and go home to their families at the end of their shift. They don't know you or what you are reaching for when you are doing something they told you not to do, especially in the middle of the night and you are in a vehicle near a crime that just occurred. Regardless, the man made a fatal decision by reaching where he wasn't supposed to and pulling his hand out with something in it, no matter what it was. Officers only get a split second to decide what to do. If he is pointing a gun at you, DO NOT MOVE because he does not have time to grab a taser or anything else! The Supreme Court has ruled they do not have to see a weapon in your hand before shooting you if you reach into your pants, under your seat or whatever, and you have been told not to, so there is a high probability you WILL GET SHOT. Before passing judgement on the deputy, be patient and wait for all the facts to come out. These things take time to investigate properly.

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