A man suspected of breaking into a vehicle in San Jacinto was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy Thursday, a sheriff's spokesman said.
The victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of kin, was spotted by a deputy responding to a "suspicious person" call about 1:25 a.m. near Garrett Way and Arroyo Viejo Drive.
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."
The shooting victim was taken to a local hospital, where he died, Martinez said.
The deputy wasn't hurt and will be placed on paid administrative leave, following sheriff's department policy.
Martinez said authorities found two vehicle theft victims in the area.