CHOWCHILLA, California. (KSEE/KGPE) – A man was shot by officers after he stole a rifle out of a patrol vehicle and pointed it at them, according to the Chowchilla Police Department.
Just before 1 a.m. on Saturday, police say an officer spotted a man with a firearm he had stolen after forcing his way into a patrol vehicle behind the Chowchilla Police Department’s building near Trinity Avenue and 1st Street.
The officer put out a call to dispatch advising there was an armed man in the area, and two more officers soon arrived.
At that time, police say the officers confronted the man, later identified as 41-year-old Angel Garza, as he sat inside of the car, armed with a rifle he had stolen after breaking into its security lock.
As officers gave commands for Garza to step out of the car, police say he raised the rifle to his shoulder and pointed it at one of them.
The Chowchilla Police Department says the officers ” had to make the extremely difficult decision” to shoot Garza, striking him an unspecified number of times.
The officers immediately began performing life-saving measures on Garza before he was flown to a local hospital, where his condition is currently unknown.
All three officers were uninjured in the shooting and have been placed on paid administrative leave as the Madera County Sheriff’s Office investigates the incident.
Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the Chowchilla Police Department at (559) 665-8600.