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LAKELAND VILLAGE: Domestic violence suspect shot by deputy

22 May

Deputies responding to a report of domestic violence near Lake Elsinore shot and wounded a 28-year-old man Monday, May 21, authorities said.

Alejandro Lopez, of Lake Elsinore, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Riverside County sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies responded to the domestic violence report in the 33000 block of Olive Tree Lane in the unincorporated Lakeland Village area about 8:30 a.m., said Deputy Albert Martinez, a sheriff’s spokesman.

They met a woman outside the home who said Lopez, her estranged boyfriend, had assaulted her and was still in the house, Martinez said.

The woman said Lopez was behaving erratically and had threatened to harm himself, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies ordered Lopez outside but he did not respond, Martinez said. Fearing he had hurt himself, deputies went inside.

Lopez became violent with the deputies and one deputy shot at Lopez, wounding him, Martinez said.

Martinez said he did not know if Lopez was armed.

Lopez was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

No deputies were injured.

According to department policy, the deputies involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Their names were not released.

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