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Gunman who killed woman is fatally shot by Indio police

June 25, 2012 |  5:53 pm

A man who killed a woman Monday in the parking lot of an Indio apartment complex was himself shot dead by a responding police officer, authorities said.  

Officers were dispatched to Las Brisas Apartments, at Hoover Avenue and Monroe Street, about 2:25 p.m. to investigate a report of shots fired, Indio Police Department spokesman Ben Guitron said.  

The first officer on the scene observed a man firing a handgun into a tan sedan occupied by a female, Guitron said. The man then used his weapon to strike the approaching officer in the face and upper shoulder.

Other officers arrived, and the man was shot. Both he and his shooting victim were pronounced dead at the scene. The injured officer was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to the face and mouth.

The names and ages of the parties involved were not immediately released. It was not known if the dead man and woman knew each other.

The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office will investigate the officer-involved shooting, and the Indio Police Department will also conduct a review. Such investigations are standard in officer-involved shootings.

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