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Officer fatally shoots man at a Moreno Valley park

July 1, 2012 | 10:39 pm

A Moreno Valley police officer shot and killed a man at a local park Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Police were called to Moreno Valley Community Park at about 4:10 p.m. after getting calls about a man who was harassing children by the restrooms, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s news release. Moreno Valley contracts its police services from the department.

The first officer who arrived at the scene became involved in a struggle with a man in front of the restroom and shot him, according to the statement. The man was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

More details, including the name of the officer involved in the shooting, were not immediately available, said Deputy Albert Martinez. Investigators were still at the scene Sunday night, he said.

Witnesses told KTLA that the officer approached the man and got into a fight. At one point, the man tried to choke the deputy. When the officer reached for his radio, the man  tried to grab it and the deputy shot him, witnesses told the station.

The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave.

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-- Paloma Esquivel

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