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Sheriff: Suicidal man with knife shot by Moreno Valley police officer

A map indicates the location of an officer-involved shooting in the 24000 block of Fir Avenue in Moreno Valley on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

May 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Moreno Valley police officer shot a suicidal man who threatened police and walked toward them with a knife Saturday night, authorities said in a news release.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department said police received a call at 10:30 p.m. from a woman who said her roommate was attempting suicide by cutting his arms with a knife at a home in the 24000 block of Fir Avenue in Moreno Valley. Police responded and located the man inside a locked bathroom, and they eventually were able to persuade him to come outside.

Officers said the man complied with their commands and dropped the knife to the floor. But he then grabbed the knife, raised it above his head, and made threatening statements to the officers as he advanced toward them, according to the sheriff's department.

An officer opened fire, striking the man once. The injured man was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound and self-inflicted lacerations. His name has not been released.

The officer involved in the shooting was placed on paid administrative leave per department policy. No officers were injured.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Riverside County sheriff's investigators at (951) 955-2777.

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