Deputies in Riverside County shot and killed a man

New body camera and cell phone footage from a July incident in which deputies shot and killed a man who was allegedly threatening to shoot people in Moreno Valley has been made public by Riverside County deputies.

On July 22, when deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call from a worker at a nearby O’Reilly Auto Parts store in the 15100 block of Perris Boulevard, the employee claimed that a man had told him he had a gun and was going to “smoke someone” and that the shooting had taken place,

The caller informed dispatch, “I had a customer enter into my store and he stated he had a gun and he was going to… like, kill someone, I think.”

Deputies discovered Jay Jackson, 49, of Moreno Valley in the parking lot when they arrived at the store.

Jackson allegedly informed deputies that he had a gun while holding one hand in his shorts pocket. Deputies can be heard shouting at Jackson to pull his hand out of his pocket in the body camera clip.

One deputy can be heard yelling, “Sir take your hand out of your pocket, we do not want to injure you.” “We don’t want to hurt you, therefore we won’t shoot you. You can receive medical and mental health services from us. Please pull your hands out of your pockets and do us a favour. You won’t be harmed by us.”

A few seconds later, Jackson is captured on cell phone footage lifting his arms and approaching the deputies. Jackson, according to deputies, took out a “bright metallic object” from his pocket. Jackson received a torso shot. Jackson was declared dead at the hospital, according to the deputies who claim to have used lifesaving techniques. On Monday, deputies revealed that the shiny metallic object they initially thought Jackson held was really the handle of a Gillette razor.

The California Department of Justice is looking into the event, as it normally done when deputies are engaged in shootings. A internal inquiry into the deputies’ activities on that particular day is being conducted, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. On the day of the shooting, the department made an announcement stating that the unnamed deputy who shot Jackson will be placed on paid leave.

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