Moreno Valley, CA: Fatal deputy involved shooting.

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Moreno Valley, CA: Fatal deputy involved shooting involving.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputies shot and killed a man with mental illness who allegedly who went on a violent crime spree around Moreno Valley, California on Thursday, July 16th, 2015.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 3:00am PT on Thursday, July 16th, 2015, deputies from the Moreno Valley Police Department responded to a call reported by the parent of an adult male who was acting erratically in the 25000 block of Fir Avenue in Moreno Valley, California. The subject was alleged to have a history of mental illness and had just physically assaulted a juvenile family member. Deputies arrived and located the subject inside a bedroom. Deputies attempted to talk with him; however, he attacked one of the officers with a large metal hand tool causing injury to the officer. The deputies was transported and treated at a local hospital for serious, non-life-threatening injuries. After assaulting the deputy, the suspect escaped apprehension by jumping from a second floor window and his whereabouts were unknown at the time.

Later, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 6:00am PT on Thursday, July 16th, 2015, deputies responded to a call of an attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in the area of Webster Avenue and Perris Boulevard in Moreno Valley, California. Deputies arrived and located a male who was the victim of an apparent stabbing. The victim provided a suspect description, and within minutes deputies encountered the suspect involved with the stabbing in the area of Sunnymead Boulevard and Perris Boulevard in Moreno Valley, California. Deputies contacted the suspect and determined he was the same suspect who assaulted the deputy at the Fir Avenue location earlier that day. During the contact the deputies pleaded with the suspect to surrender and drop the weapon in his hand. The suspect refused to drop the weapons and advanced on the deputies and an deputy involved shooting occurred. It was later determined that the suspect had a knife and a hand tool in his hands. During both contacts with the suspect, deputies attempted to use the taser but it had no effect on the suspect. Deputies called paramedics to the scene where life saving measures were attempted but the suspect succumbed to his injuries. The decedent’s name will not be released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

A witness, who did not want to be identified, tells NBC affiliated KNBC Channel 4 News Reporter Tony Shin, “I was getting out of the way of the line of the fire, because he was running toward me as I was crossing the boulevard; because I was in my part crossing, and got out of the way of the line of fire, and as I was passing, the gunshots go off.”

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect died at the scene.

IMG_4036ZachNews has confirmed that the man in the picture is the man who was shot by authorities and the family has identified the man as Anthony Smith.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the deputies were injured, and the shooting remains under investigation.

Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave per department policy, and the involved deputies’ names will not be released at this time.

The Moreno Valley Police Department encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Corey at: 1 (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Tometich at: 1 (951) 486-6700.

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