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Posted on: August 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Deputy Involved Shooting



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Deputy Involved Shooting
Station Area:Rancho Mirage
Written Date:August 7, 2020Time:6:15 PM
Incident Date:August 7, 2020Time:2:38 PM
Incident Location:70000 block of Tamarisk Lane, Rancho Mirage, CA
Reporting Officer:Public Information Officer Deanna Pecoraro
File Number(s):S202200056


On August 7, 2020, approximately 2:38 pm, deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to a suspicious persons call in the 70000 block of Tamarisk Lane in the city of Rancho Mirage.  Shortly after receiving the call, a deputy arrived on scene and located a male subject matching the description given by dispatch. Immediately after making contact with the subject, the deputy was assaulted and ultimately stabbed. At that time, a deputy involved shooting occurred. Once additional deputies arrived on scene, the injured deputy was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. The deputy is currently in stable condition. The subject was pronounced deceased on scene. The identity of the subject will be released by the coroner’s office once positive identification can be established, and next of kin can be notified.

The deputy involved will be placed on administrative leave per Department policy. The involved deputy’s name will not be released at this time.

Investigators from the Force Investigations Detail (Riverside County District Attorney Investigators and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit) responded and assumed the investigation. This is an active and on-going investigation. The Force Investigations Detail encourages anyone with information regarding this incident to contact D.A. Investigator Steve Paxiao at 760-863-8216 or Investigator Tony Johnson at 760-393-3502.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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