LANCASTER – Authorities have publicly identified the man who died after he was shot by deputies Sunday afternoon at a restaurant in Lancaster.
He was 51-year-old Ricky Jimenez, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The deputy-involved shooting happened around 1:08 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in the 1800 block of West Avenue J, according to the Los Angles County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s officials have released little information on the circumstances surrounding the shooting. A news release by LASD simply states, “The armed male adult suspect was struck by deputy gunfire. The suspect was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced deceased. No deputies were injured.”
A news photographer at the scene told City News Service that the man was standing in a doorway to Tom’s Restaurant and refused to drop a knife. Instead, he allegedly pulled out a crossbow-type weapon from his backpack, prompting the shooting.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
UPDATED 6/7/22: The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department today released more details on the circumstances surrounding the fatal deputy-involved shooting in Lancaster. According to LASD:
Lancaster deputy personnel responded to the 1800 block of West Avenue J in the city of Lancaster regarding a suicidal person with a knife call for service. Investigators learned Lancaster deputies encountered the armed suspect outside of the business. The suspect had a knife in hand and refused the deputies’ orders to drop the weapon. Less lethal weapons were deployed but had minimal effect. The suspect removed a pistol grip crossbow from his backpack and raised the crossbow at the direction of deputy personnel. A deputy involved shooting occurred. The male Hispanic suspect was struck by deputy gunfire. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased. A knife and pistol grip crossbow were recovered at the scene.