Man shot by police near Cabazon outlets was pointing a metal object, say authorities

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A man fatally shot by police near the Cabazon outlets on Saturday pointed a metal object at a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy just before he was shot, reports the Desert Sun.

Details about the metal object were released on Tuesday. Authorities claim the man was shot after he refused to drop the metal object. Police did not say what the object was.

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff Department were called to a business on Seminole Road near the outlets about 9:30 pm Saturday night because of a suspicious person, according to a release from the department.

The suspect fled from deputies and ran across the 10 Freeway onto Malki Road.

Police established a perimeter and, with the help of a Sheriff’s helicopter, located the suspect near Johnson Lane where the shooting occurred.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The victim’s name has not been released.  The officer also was not named and has been placed on administrative leave.