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Riverside police kill man wielding large pipe, authorities say

January 9, 2012 |  7:46 pm

Riverside police at scene of fatal officer-involved shooting


Three Riverside police officers fatally shot a man after he lifted a large section of metal pipe, raised it above his shoulders and moved toward the officers, authorities said Monday night.

David Ledezma, 52, was killed by the officers Saturday after they responded to a domestic dispute at his home in the 10700 block of Cypress Avenue.

The Riverside Police Department provided an update on the shooting Monday night, saying Ledezma initially pulled out a pocketknife, put it against his throat and threatened to kill himself. After dropping the knife, police said, he grabbed a pipe and threw it at the officers.

The officers then fired a Taser at Ledezma, but it was ineffective, according to the department. Ledezma then grabbed another piece of pipe, began hitting things and then raised the pipe as he moved toward the officers.

"Fearing for their safety, the three officers discharged their duty weapons," the department said in a statement.

Ledezma was struck several times. He was taken to a hospital, where he died of his wounds. The incident is under investigation.

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Photo: Riverside police Saturday at the scene of the officer-involved shooting: Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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