A man who was fatally fatally shot when he allegedly brandished a handgun during a confrontation with a Banning police officer Saturday evening has been identified by the coroner as city resident Richard Rodriguez, 32.
Sgt. Jeff Buompensiero of the sheriff's Central Homicide released the following info about the incident on Sunday:
On Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 7:26 P.M. an officer from the
Banning Police Department responded to a motel located on the 3000
block of W. Ramsey Street, in the city of Banning, after receiving a
suspicious person call at the location.
A hotel employee reported to
their dispatch center that a male adult, who was not a patron of the
hotel, was knocking on hotel room doors looking for a female, making
patrons of the hotel feel uncomfortable.
The officer arrived at the hotel within minutes and
contacted the subject as the officer was exiting the hotel elevator.
The officer attempted to ascertain what the subject was doing at the
hotel and the subject attempted to run away from the officer.
physical confrontation occurred between the officer and the subject.
During the altercation, the subject brandished a handgun and an officer
involved shooting occurred. The officer immediately summoned an
ambulance, but the subject succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
The Banning Police Department requested the sheriff's Central Homicide Unit to conduct the
The officer involved in the shooting is an 18-year law enforcement veteran, Buompensiero said. The officer is on paid
administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
For a previous report on the confrontation and shooting see: