SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Investigators say four San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were justified in shooting to death a Hesperia man who opened fire on them when they responded to a shooting call.

A district attorney’s office report released Tuesday shows 32-year-old Gerald Gustavo Hilton had not been taking his medication and was drinking alcohol when he fired shotgun blasts inside his home on Sept. 29, 2009. Several children were present at the time.

When deputies arrived, Hilton fired at them and deputies returned fire and Hilton was killed.

The report says deputies were legally justified in using deadly force.

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