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Ventura police officer on leave after shooting death of man

Mario Lopez, 44, of Ventura, was shot and killed by Ventura police on Friday, May 20, 2011.

May 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Ventura police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation of a shooting that left a man dead.

Authorities said Mario Lopez, 44, was shot and killed during a confrontation with police Friday night.

Police were responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home on Leighton Drive. Authorities allege that Lopez rushed an officer with a knife in hand and was shot.

Several bullet holes were left in the walls of the home.

The officer involved is said to be an eight-year veteran of the Ventura police force.