Deputies fatally shoot man pointing BB gun

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“He actually started cursing at the deputies,” Rosenberg said. “This went on for several minutes and, at one point, Garcia removed the gun from his waist and pointed it at deputies, who had … to protect themselves.” Rosenberg said five deputies were involved in the shooting. They recovered a replica of a .45-caliber handgun, later determined to be a BB gun. “The gun is an exact replica of a Smith and Wesson pistol,” Rosenberg said. “Is this `suicide by cop’? It’s hard to tell, but it’s certainly possible. … Unfortunately, he initiated this sequence of events that led to his dying.” The shooting will be investigated by several departments, he added. “Our Homicide Bureau looks at it from the criminal standpoint. (The) Internal Affairs (Bureau) responds and looks at it administratively. Training deputies will examine the incident for any training lessons they can take away. The District Attorney’s Office will conduct an independent investigation, … and another investigation will be done by the Office of Independent Review that oversees all Sheriff’s Department activity. “We’re going to be spending many hours reviewing all aspects of the shooting,” Rosenberg said. “Deputies had just seconds to make their decisions. There’s more than just a few victims here.” carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – Sheriff’s deputies responding to a report of a domestic dispute Monday night fatally shot a man who threatened them with what turned out to be a BB gun, a sheriff’s official said Tuesday. Canyon Country resident Andres Garcia, 58, died at the scene among run-down trailers in abandoned oil fields off Sierra Highway near Golden Valley Road. Sheriff’s officials said Garcia had a history of criminal assaults. Shortly after 9 p.m., Garcia had stopped by a trailer where his former girlfriend and her husband live, said Lt. Dan Rosenberg of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. “It appeared that he had been drinking, and they saw he had what appeared to be a large-caliber handgun in his waistband,” he said. “At some point, Garcia either pointed the gun at the husband or brandished it, and they fled the area.” The couple called sheriff’s deputies and met them at the bottom of the hill on Sierra Highway. Deputies found Garcia sitting outside the couple’s trailer and attempted to detain him. When he stood up, Rosenberg said, deputies saw the gun at his waist and ordered him to put it down. last_img