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Police fatally shoot pickup truck driver in Menifee

September 13, 2011 | 10:06 am

Police fatally shot a man early Tuesday after he drove his pickup truck toward an officer in Riverside County, authorities said.

Menifee police officers were responding to calls of a suspicious vehicle about 2 a.m. when they tried to stop a man and a woman in a black Nissan truck, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The driver, Shane Kenneth Fryer, 26, of Hemet, drove the pickup toward an officer, who opened fire.

Fryer lost control of the vehicle, crashing into an electrical box and a home and cutting power to nearby residents. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police later determined Fryer and his passenger, Carleen Kandace Hornback, 19, of Hemet, were involved in thefts in the area before the shooting. Hornback was not injured in the incident.

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