Deputies shoot, kill armed man during suspicious person call in Encinitas

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ENCINITAS, Calif. — Deputies shot and killed an armed man Friday morning after reports of a suspicious person in an Encinitas neighborhood, according to authorities.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department asked the public to avoid 1500 Eolus Avenue and the 1400 block of Orpheus Lane was closed as they investigated the deadly shooting.

Deputies first responded to the area at 8 a.m. when neighbors called police to report someone suspicious in their neighborhood. A sheriff’s spokesperson said deputies located a suspect, who pulled out a gun after deputies approached him.

A photo of the gun allegedly wielded by a man who was shot by two San Diego sheriff’s deputies on June 18, 2021 in Encinitas. (Photo: SDSO)

That led two deputies to open fire on the man, the spokesperson said. The deputies rendered first aid and the unidentified man was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.

An autopsy for the man is scheduled for Saturday, at which time he is expected to be positively identified, deputies said in news release.

Neighbor Juana Ramirez told FOX 5 that she was up with her daughter when they heard the gunfire.

“We were getting ready to go for a walk and we heard the 4-5 shots,” Ramirez said. “One right after the other. But we didn’t know where they were coming from. We thought it was probably the freeway, you know, because we’re right on the freeway.”

The sheriff’s spokesperson said deputies found a gun at the scene following the shooting, and the department later released a photo of the weapon on Twitter.

No deputies were hurt and no other injuries were reported. The department’s homicide unit is investigating.

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