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March 20, 2014

Officer-involved shooting reported in Atwater

Police shot a man late Thursday afternoon after responding to a call about a violent disturbance at a mobile home park here.

Police shot a man late Thursday afternoon after responding to a call about a violent disturbance at a mobile home park here.

Details are still preliminary, and Atwater police said the man who was wounded is expected to survive. The man’s name has not been released.

The incident happened at Castle Mobile Home Park at 2809 Buhach Road in Atwater, according to Lt. Sam Joseph. Three police officers responded to a call around 5:18 p.m. from a woman who was allegedly being threatened by a man with a knife.

The woman was able to flee the scene before the officers arrived. Officers observed a white male with a knife, who matched the suspect description given to dispatchers.

Police ordered the suspect to drop to the ground while two of the officers aimed a handgun and an AR-15 rifle at the man. After failing to comply with officers, the suspect rushed toward them and two of the officers opened fire. The suspect was struck in the torso, police said.

The wounded man was transported by helicopter to an area medical facility.

According to Joseph, the suspect will probably be booked on suspicion of making terrorist threats and assault with a deadly weapon after he recovers from his injuries.

The officers who fired their weapons were not injured and were placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, standard procedure in such situations. Atwater police have not released the names of the officers involved in the incident.

Gloria Carrillo, a tenant at the mobile home park, said she heard about five gunshots.

“This was just too close to home,” Carrillo said. “I’ve been living here for 23 years, and this is the second time something like this has happened. It’s not safe out here anymore.”

Joseph said the investigation is ongoing.

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