Officer involved shooting in Lemoore

Lemoore, Calif. - Update 

Lemoore Officer involved shooting suspect was transported to Adventist Medical Center where he died from his injuries. The suspect was identified as Dave Phoenix, 25 years of age.


Tonight a multi agency team of investigators are working at the scene of an officer involved shooting on tribal land in Lemoore. Investigators say a man was shot by an officer near 17th and Coyote right across the street from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino. Investigators say this officer involved shooting happened after 911 calls about a man waving a gun around here in this area.

"It's actually been reported that he had brandished a handgun to some tribal police department members the man the gates in and out of the reservation with a guard station and it was reported that he brandished the handgun while going in and out of this guard station," said David Putnam of the Kings Canyon Sheriff's Department.

Kings County deputies and other supporting law enforcement agencies arrived right across the street from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino and tracked the suspect to a nearby home.

"The suspect turned and faced an officer and raised his firearm. He did have a hand gun and the officer fired and hit the suspect," said Putnam. 

Hours after the shooting officers with tactical gear and other first responders continue to work at the scene.

The officer involved was not hurt and investigators still haven't revealed what agency he works for.

The man shot was rushed to the hospital and investigators aren't releasing any details about him or his condition.

A multi agency investigative unit led by the Kings County District Attorney's office is now trying to get to the bottom of what happened.

"If anybody was a witness to any of this or anybody was victimized by this person and law enforcement hasn't talked to you obviously we'd like to hear from you," said Putnam. 

Investigators say the suspect has had prior contact with law enforcement and this isn't the first time they've had dangerous situations like this in this area.

Investigators plan to release more information in the days to come.

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