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(CA) Gunman Who Fired At Deputies Fatally Shot During Disturbance

HOMELAND, Calif. — Authorities released additional information regarding a deadly deputy-involved shooting that happened in the unincorporated community of Homeland on Tuesday, Jan. 26. The fatal encounter occurred at a private residence in the 26000 block of Steinhoff Avenue, between Highway 74 and Joppe Avenue, according to officials.

Tuesday’s shooting was the first of two deputy-involved shootings involving estranged spouses within a four-day period. The second shooting happened Friday afternoon after a frantic and terrified woman ran into a Thousand Palms business and reported that her estranged husband was armed with a rifle and trying to kill her [1]. The man later led deputies and CHP officers on a pursuit that traveled to La Quinta, where he was fatally shot after crashing his pickup truck.

Deputies assigned to the Perris Sheriff’s Station responded to the home at 6:36 p.m., after receiving reports of a disturbance, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Lionel Murphy has since said of the fatal encounter.

While headed to the scene, deputies received updated information that the 911 caller’s estranged husband was armed with a handgun and was making threats to kill her. She also told emergency dispatchers that she was inside her residence with her two children.

Officials can be seen discussing a deadly deputy-involved shooting while processing the scene for evidence. The shooting occurred after a man fired a handgun at deputies who returned fire, killing the gunman. Nathan Wilking/RVC News photo

“When deputies arrived, the suspect fired a handgun at them,” Murphy reported; adding, “At that time, a deputy-involved shooting occurred …and… the suspect was struck by the deputy’s gunfire.”

Despite life-saving efforts by paramedics and deputies, the gunman succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene. His identity has not yet been released and is being withheld at this time, according to Murphy.

After the deadly shooting, investigators from the Perris Sheriff’s Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene, along with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Force Investigations Detail. An Investigator from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will be leading the shooting investigation.

During their initial, on-scene investigation, a firearm, spent shell casings, and other evidence related to the deadly encounter were recovered at the scene.

The involved deputies were placed on administrative leave per Department policy and their names were not released.

“There are no outstanding suspects and there is no danger to the public,” said Murphy; adding that no deputies or other citizens were injured as a result of the shooting, which remains under investigation.

Deputies and other officials worked at the scene of last night’s fatal deputy-involved shooting throughout the evening and into the next morning. Eddie George/Hemet News photo

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact District Attorney’s Investigator Steve Paixao at (760) 863-8216 or Investigator Dickey at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number PC210260062 and can remain anonymous.