Murder suspect shot to death by police in Hemet

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HEMET (CNS) – A homicide suspect led officers on a pursuit before being shot to death by police in Hemet today.

Hemet police said officers attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle at around 6 a.m. in the 400 block of North Palm Avenue, but the suspect fled.

Officers chased the suspect to San Jacinto, then back to Hemet, where he eventually stopped his vehicle in the 500 block of North San Jacinto Street.

Police said that’s when the suspect got out of the car with a gun in his hand.

“An officer-involved shooting occurred at that time. The man fell to the ground and emergency medical aid was called. The man was soon pronounced deceased at the scene. No officers were injured during this incident,” Lt. Nate Miller said.

The suspect was identified only as a 30-year-old man from San Jacinto who had been sought in connection with the slaying a 29-year-old man in Hemet on Saturday night.

Officers found the homicide victim unresponsive and bleeding from his head at about 9:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Buena Vista Street, where gunshots had been reported earlier, according to police.

The victim was taken to Hemet Valley Medical Center by ambulance, but later died of his injuries.

Detectives were trying to determine a motive for the apparent homicide, as well as the exact cause of death.

The victim’s name was withheld pending notification of his family.

The Hemet Police Detective Bureau is investigating the initial homicide case and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting.