Riverside homicide suspect killed in standoff with deputies in Coalinga

COALINGA, Calif. -- A 24-year-old suspect linked to a 2015 double-murder in Riverside was killed in an officer-involved shooting in central California.

Neighbors in a Coalinga neighborhood woke up to the sound of gunfire Wednesday morning. Ken Smith, said he heard about two shots, then a series of five.

"Then I heard someone yell out, 'get your hands out, get on the ground,' then it got quiet," he explained.

The U.S. Marshals Service called on the Fresno County Sheriff's Department SWAT team to help them serve a search warrant at a home on West College Avenue. They had information to believe that a 2015 Riverside double-homicide suspect was staying at the house.

At around 7:30 a.m., Fresno County Sheriff's Department spokesman Tony Botti said deputies surrounded the home, and when they gave orders to come out, a man armed with a handgun emerged.

"He started shooting toward our deputies, which caused our deputies, one deputy, to fire back, striking that suspect," he said.

The man died at the scene and Fresno County sheriff's officials have not yet identified him.

Three adults and two children were also home when it happened, but no one else was injured.

"This is quite the shock, especially in this neighborhood, you know, we don't get stuff like this around here," said Smith.

The Riverside Police Department sent out a notice saying they will have a press conference with updates on that 2015 double homicide Thursday morning.
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