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Riverside police fatally shoot suspected child molester

November 16, 2011 | 12:30 pm

Image: Map shows approximate location of where a suspected child molester was shot by Riverside police. Source: Google Maps Riverside police shot and killed a suspected child molester after he pulled a gun on detectives who were at his apartment to serve a search warrant Wednesday morning, police said.

The shooting occurred about 7:20 a.m. in the 10400 block of Indiana Avenue, just south of the 91 Freeway.

Shortly after detectives from the department’s sexual assault and child abuse unit knocked on the suspect’s apartment door to search the home, the man allegedly pulled a gun, said police spokesman Lt. Guy Toussaint.  Officers shot the suspect, fearing for their safety, then retreated and called in the department’s SWAT team, Toussaint said.

After several attempts to contact the suspect, officers rushed into the apartment, where they found the suspect dead. They also found a shotgun inside the home, Toussaint said.

Neither the identity of the man killed nor details of the child molestation allegations against him was released. Toussaint said the man was approximately 60 years old.

The number of officers who opened fire also was being investigated. Toussaint said that “more than one’’ officed shot at the suspect.

The shooting is being investigated by detectives from the department’s robbery and homicide unit.

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Image: Map shows approximate location where a suspected child molester was shot by Riverside police. Source: Google Maps

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