ONTARIO (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a man has been shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting in Ontario.
Ontario police said in a written statement that the shooting occurred Saturday evening around 11:40 p.m. in the 900 block of North Placer Avenue.
The man killed was identified as Jose Raul Herrera, 58, of Ontario.
Family members of Herrera told CBS2’s Joy Benedict they called for a paramedic after Herrera, who had been drinking during a Mother’s Day celebration, passed out suddenly. His family said they were concerned due to his heart condition.
When he awoke, Herrera reportedly ran off.
Herrera’s son said he flagged down a police officer in the area.
“The suspect was uncooperative and armed with a weapon. His actions posed an immediate threat towards officers. An officer was forced to use deadly force,” police said in the statement.
Police said the officer — a 5-year veteran of law enforcement — fired his weapon. Herrera was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer’s name was unavailable.
According to police, Herrera had been in previous contact with the police department regarding a weapons violation.
Herrera’s family told Benedict that Herrara was a father and a grandfather, who was employed as a truck driver.
Herrera’s son, Ivan, also told Benedict his father had “no weapon” when he was shot.
“That man was cared [for] by a lot of people. A lot of people are grieving for him right now. A lot of people,” said Ivan, “Something has to be done here.”
Herrera added, “I called for help and I got the complete[ly opposite. You know, my father was a good man. He was a good man. He didn’t deserve to get shot like that, he didn’t deserve to get killed like that.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
Anyone with more information about this case was asked to call the Ontario Police Department at (909) 986-6711 or Detective Dave Rowe at (909) 395-2749.