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Man killed in shootout with deputies

September 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A mentally ill man was shot and killed in Hesperia Tuesday after he threatened his family members with a shotgun and opened fire on Sheriff's deputies.Neighbors on the 17900 block of Yucca Street woke just before dawn to the sounds of gunfire.

"The way I described it actually was it sounded like a couple of dump trucks, or something, banging together," said Mike Padovano.

A man called 911 just after 6:30 a.m., reporting that his mentally-ill son was off his medication and armed with a shotgun. A number of other people were in the home at the time.

When deputies arrived at the home the 32-year-old suspect opened fire. They surrounded the house and shots continued for nearly an hour.

"And five minutes later we just hear this boom boom boom boom, like he was just pumping the rounds off," said neighbor Bill Graves.

Neighbors say deputies repeatedly asked the suspect to put down the shotgun, but he refused to comply and was shot.

He was described as a nice person but mentally troubled.

"He was a sweet heart. He was a good kid and I know that he would do anything that you ask him to do," said Sandy Graves.

A driver inside a Ford truck was injured by broken glass when one of the shots hit his window. No deputies were hurt.

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