UPDATED: Knife-wielding man in Temecula fatally shot during confrontation with deputies ID’d
UPDATE#2 05/06/2016 3:37 a.m.
TEMECULA – A knife-wielding man was shot and killed during a confrontation with deputies from Temecula PD May 4, according to Riverside Sheriff Public Information Officer Deputy Michael Vasquez.
Coroner’s officials have identified the man killed in this officer involved shooting as Matthew Tucker, 18, of Temecula. The coroner’s release indicated Tucker’s time of injury was 5:43 p.m. The release also revealed Tucker survived for shortly more than two hours and succumbed to his injuries at 8:01 p.m.
The deadly encounter occurred after someone called sheriff’s 911 emergency communications dispatchers to report an an unknown type emergency at a residence in the 32600 block of Hislop Way, in Temecula. Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Temecula Police Station were dispatched to the emergency call for service.
As deputies arrived on scene, they made contact with the 911 caller, who directed them to the garage at the residence.
Deputies made contact with a male, later identified by coroner’s officials as Matthew Tucker, in the garage who was armed with a knife. Upon contacting the man, deputies attempted to calm him and repeatedly ordered Tucker to drop the knife he was holding. Despite their efforts, Tucker refused to drop the knife he was holding.
The armed subject then reportedly “advanced towards the deputies while still holding the knife” in an aggressive and threatening manner, at which time “an officer involved shooting occurred,” Vasquez explained. Two deputies discharged their weapons at the knife-wielding subject, according to Vasquez.
Deputies immediately put out an emergency call for assistance, reporting that shots had been fired at the residence. They also reported the subject with the knife had been struck by one or more rounds fired by deputies on scene. The sheriff’s department did not release any information regarding how many deputies were at the location at the time of the fatal shooting.
Deputies immediately requested medical assistance for Tucker. “A Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department Investigator arrived and rendered medical attention to the male,” according to Vasquez. Tucker was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
“The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave per Department policy. The involved officers’ names will not be released at this time,” Vasquez said about the fatal incident.
Investigators from the Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and investigators from the Temecula Police Department responded and assumed the investigation.
“The investigation is an active and on-going,” according to Vasquez.
The Central Homicide Unit has encouraged anyone with information regarding this incident to immediately contact Investigator Mullins at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Franchville of the Temecula Police Department at (951) 696-4357. Callers can refer to incident file number TE161250213 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.
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