A man was shot and killed by law enforcement Thursday evening after multiple 911 calls reporting that he was brandishing a firearm in the roadway on Mountain Ranch Rd.
At approximately 9:45 p.m., multiple 911 calls were made describing a man who was “acting strange” and waving a gun, either an AR-15 or a shotgun on Mountain Ranch Rd. near Rocky Rd, between San Andreas and Mountain Ranch, according to a press release issued this morning by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.
Three Sheriff’s deputies and three California Highway Patrol officers arrived at the scene and found a white male matching callers’ descriptions standing in an area between two homes alongside the road. He was reportedly holding a “long black object” that appeared to be a rifle or long firearm with a “laser type sight” attached.
The man reportedly refused to comply with law enforcement and pointed the object towards officers, causing them to fire their weapons and strike the subject “in fear for their safety as well as the safety of nearby residents,” the press release states.
The man, whose identity has not yet been released pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene after medics arrived.
Mountain Ranch Road is currently closed just east of Rocky Road as multiple agencies conduct an investigation. There is no estimate at this time as to when the road will re-open.
Although the names of the officers have not yet been released, one of the three Sheriff’s deputies involved in the incident has been employed by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office for three years, and the other two deputies have been employed for over ten years, according to Sheriff Rick DiBasilio.
CHP has not released any information regarding the incident at this time.