Man Shot, Killed by Police in San Jacinto

The police officer said he saw the unidentified man reaching for a weapon when he was questioning the man.

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.

Concerned Citizen October 20, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Sometimes I doubt if Justice is served on the innocent. Was there a weapon? What happens if the Deputy was entirely at fault here? Please do provide updates. Sounds sort of fishy, and nothing but circumstance is provided in this incident. A "dark object" sounds like "NOT A WEAPON".
Just listen October 23, 2012 at 09:27 PM
well when he is wandering through your housing track breaking in cars an homes i am sure you would blame the ploice if they did not take any actions. how about you give the officer involed some credit. have you ever been in this situation before? there is not a right or wrong. if act on instict that is all you have,
jesica flores October 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM
If you were in the man that died or a love one of yours yu would be demanding justice! Sence it isn't you or some one you love. You should be Thanking God. And stop being a(kkk )yu never know when its gonna hit home.
Been There October 31, 2012 at 12:28 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 and they don't know if you are reaching for a gun, especially in the middle of the night when it is dark and you are in a vehicle. If you choose not to obey their commands, prepare to suffer the consequences if you make a stupid move. The Supreme Court has ruled they do not have to see a weapon before shooting. If you are reaching under your seat, in your pants or whatever and they have told you not to, chances are you WILL BE SHOT if you pull your hand out with ANYTHING in it. Regardless, the guy made a fatal error and you should wait until the full reports come out before passing judgement on the deputy.
AOL Floppydisk November 13, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I'm not a HUGE fan of police, typically I don't care for them most of the time. But if you are instructed to do something and you don't listen and you make any movement like that, you will get shot. If you did nothing wrong and have no ill intention then you should have no issue showing your hands so the officer doesn't have to make that choice. Some of these comments are stupid, so what if this is someone in anyone's family. Why is your family member out robbing people and breaking into cars and acting suspicious when instructed to do something by an officer? I personally would not blame the officer and blame my family member for being stupid. Doesn't matter if there wasn't a weapon, if you fail to show your hands and reach for something, my bet is if that officer wants to be able to go home to his family that night he made the right choice.


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