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Rape suspect killed after firing on San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies

October 21, 2010 |  8:55 pm

A rape suspect was shot to death Thursday at his home in Adelanto after he opened fire on San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, wounding one of them, authorities said.

The officer-involved shooting occurred about 1 p.m. in the 21000 block of Lilac Road as detectives tried to question the suspect, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department.

Deputies said the man was initially cooperative, but then refused to come out of the residence and began shooting at investigators as they approached the front door. He shot one deputy.

Fearing for their safety, detectives said, they fired back as the suspect moved through the home and ran outside to another building, where he took cover. After the shooting stopped, deputies said, they discovered that the suspect was mortally wounded. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

The name of the suspect was not released pending notification of next of kin.

The wounded deputy was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released, authorities said.

-- Dan Weikel