HERALD, Calif. — The man shot and killed by a deputy Sunday afternoon was carrying a Glock-style airsoft gun, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office.
The 55-year-old man was lying in a ditch and did not respond to law enforcement when the deputy first arrived. After the man woke up and started speaking with the deputy, the deputy saw what looked like a handgun in the man's waistband and started giving him verbal commands.
The deputy shot the man after he saw him reaching for the gun in his waistband and feared for his safety. The man was declared dead on the scene.
The Sheriff's Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division is investigating the incident, which is typical for officer-involved shootings in the Sacramento County Sheriff's jurisdiction. The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office will also begin an independent review.
The deputy will be placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.
A man was shot and killed by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy in a rural area near the town of Herald, California, Sunday afternoon.
The shooting happened in the 13000 block of Bennet Road around 2:30 p.m. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were responding to a report of a man with a gun in the area.
It is unclear what led up to the shooting. The suspect has not been identified. Authorities said they found a gun at the scene, but that the suspect did not fire. No deputies were injured.
This is a developing story.