Porterville Recorder

Suspect involved in officer involved shooting dies

- THE RECORDER recorder@portervill­erecorder.com

A suspect accused of attacking a family member who was shot by Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Deputies has died.

Lorenzo Molina, 41 of the Los Angeles area, was killed.

Just after 5 a.m. Sunday, Deputies were called to the 7000 block of Road 232 in Ducor for a man armed with a knife, fighting with his 81-year-old uncle.

When they arrived, Deputies found the 81-year-old victim with cuts on his face, trying to fend the suspect off with a chair.

Deputies ordered the suspect to drop the knife several times and tried to de-escalate the situation. But the suspect refused to comply and continued charging toward the Deputies with the knife. A taser was deployed, but it didn’t stop the suspect and he continued toward the deputies, forcing them to shoot the suspect.

Deputies immediatel­y began rendering first aid to Molina until medical personnel arrived. Molina was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The 81-year-old victim was also taken by ambulance to an area hospital, where he was treated for multiple injuries and released the same day.

The Portervill­e Police Department is handling the investigat­ion of the incident. As standard protocol, the two officers involved in the shooting were placed on Administra­tive Leave.

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