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Corona man is second in a week to be shot and killed by police

July 26, 2012 | 12:29 pm

Corona police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man by an officer at an apartment building, the second such officer-involved shooting in the Riverside County city in the last week.

Eric Burbank, 28, of Corona, was shot about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday after police responded to a call about a man threatening neighbors and shouting out slurs at the Deerwood Apartments in the 2200 block of Lakeside Place, police said.

An officer attempted to make contact with Burbank, who ran away on foot. Burbank then stopped and pulled a handgun from his waistband, which resulted in the shooting, officials said.

Corona Police Department investigators found a handgun at the scene.

Burbank was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said. No other injuries were reported.

On July 19, Corona police responding to a domestic dispute call shot and killed a man who they said confronted them with a handgun.

The officer involved in Wednesday's shooting was placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard policy. The officer's name has not been released.

Although it was the second officer-involved shooting in Corona in the last week, officials were careful to avoid comparisons to Anaheim, where residents have protested two recent fatal officer-involved shootings.

“I think it’s just the set of circumstances in our officer-involved incidences,” said Corono police Det. John Samano. “We had viable victims in the neighborhood.”

In last week's shooting, officers arrived at the Corona West Mobile Home Park in response to a call about a domestic dispute and a gun being fired.

Officers saw a man driving off from the scene and followed in pursuit. At one point, the man jumped out of his car armed with a handgun, which resulted in the fatal shooting.

The two officers were placed on paid leave as a result. Corona police are continuing to investigate both cases.


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