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Man shot dead by deputies at house fire near Crestline

November 12, 2012 |  7:46 pm

Area where man was fatally shot by San Bernardino Sheriff's Department deputies.
A 56-year-old man was fatally shot by deputies in San Bernardino County after he allegedly refused commands and reached for his waistband, authorities said Monday night.

The shooting occurred Monday morning after a house fire broke out in the Valley of Enchantment near Crestline. While responding to the blaze to assist firefighters, the deputies received information that there "were weapons and possibly explosives inside the home," the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

After arriving at the scene, in the 22900 block of Redwood Way, deputies were clearing the home when they saw the man run out the door. The deputies said they went outside and saw the man coming toward them.

"They ordered the man to stop and show his hands," the statement said. "The male subject refused to comply and continued toward them while reaching into his waistband."

The deputies fired at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities. His name was not released.

The department did not say whether weapons or explosives were found at the scene. The incident is under investigation. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Eddie Bachman or Sgt. John Gaffney at (909) 387-3589.

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Map shows area where 56-year-old man was killed by deputies. Credit: Google Maps
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