Suspect Fatally Shot By Sheriff's Deputy in San Clemente

Police car on the street

SAN CLEMENTE (CNS) - An Orange County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a suspect in San Clemente this afternoon.

The shooting happened about 1:15 p.m. at El Camino Real and Avenida San Gabriel, in front of the Hotel Miramar, said Orange County sheriff's Sgt. Dennis Breckner.

Two deputies assigned to the department's homeless outreach team were in the area when something prompted them to contact the man outside the hotel, Breckner said.

Shortly after approaching the suspect, he got into a physical altercation with the deputies and the shooting ensued, Breckner said. Surveillance video from a nearby business indicates the suspect was attempting to grab a weapon from one of the deputies, the sergeant said.

The deputies tried to revive the suspect, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Breckner said.  His name and age were not immediately available.

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