Investigation Underway After Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Armed Man at Vista Church
Vista, California – An investigation is currently underway following an incident at Iglesia in Knee Cristo church in Vista, where a man was taken into custody after being shot by sheriff’s deputies while attempting to enter the church with a gun.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 pm this afternoon and has left the community shocked.
According to authorities, the suspect, whose identity remains unknown at this time, entered the church premises wielding a firearm and making threats, including expressing intentions of self-harm.
The Sheriff’s Department received a distress call around noon alerting them to the presence of an armed individual inside one of the buildings adjacent to the main church structure.
Once law enforcement officials arrived at the scene, they made contact with the suspect.
The deputies and officers repeatedly instructed the individual to surrender his weapon, but he failed to comply with their commands.
In response, the deputies felt compelled to discharge their firearms, shooting the suspect.
Disturbing footage shows paramedics rushing the injured individual on a stretcher into an awaiting ambulance.
The suspect has been transported to a local hospital for medical treatment, although the extent of his injuries and his current condition remain undisclosed.
Authorities have cordoned off the area surrounding the church as they continue their investigation into the incident.
Residents in the vicinity were taken aback by the commotion, emphasizing that such occurrences are rare in this typically calm neighborhood.
One witness, who observed the events unfold from their apartment, shared their account.
They recounted hearing multiple commands to “put it down” before a single gunshot was fired, bringing the suspect down.
The witness expressed their surprise at the sudden police presence in the area, reiterating the peaceful nature of their community.
The Sheriff’s Department has refrained from releasing further details about the suspect’s identity or any potential connection between the suspect and the person who initially reported their presence.
As the investigation progresses, law enforcement will continue to examine the circumstances surrounding the incident, seeking answers to the questions that remain.
The community is eagerly awaiting additional information from authorities, hoping for a better understanding of the events that unfolded at Iglesia in Knee Cristo church.