Family Questions Ontario Police Shooting That Left Father Dead

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    Family members were questioning a police shooting that left a 59-year-old father dead. Gadi Schwartz reports from Ontario for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (Published Sunday, May 11, 2014)

    A man who was allegedly uncooperative and armed with a weapon was shot and killed by a police officer in San Bernardino County late Saturday, officials said.

    Officers responded around 11:40 p.m. to a medical assist call in the 900 block of North Placer Street, according to a news release from the Ontario Police Department.

    Family Questions Fatal Police Shooting of Father

    [LA] Family Questions Fatal Police Shooting of Father
    The family of a man fatally shot by Ontario police are questioning why officers opened fire on the father. Gadi Schwartz reports from Ontario for the NBC4 News at 6 on Sunday, May 11, 2014 (Published Sunday, May 11, 2014)

    When officers arrived on scene, they allegedly found Jose Raul Herrera, 59, intoxicated an armed with an unspecified weapon, police said.

    One officer fired his gun at the man, killing him at the scene. The actions that police said posed an immediate threat were not made clear. Officials said they have had previous contact with Herrera regarding weapons violations.

    Friends and family of Herrera demanded answers during a protest outside the Ontario police station Sunday.

    “Ontario police murdered my father,” the victim’s son shouted. “They killed my father.”

    Herrera’s son, Ivan, said his father had heart problems and fainted after playing with his grandson Saturday night. When Herrera regained consciousness, he was disoriented and went outside, family members said.

    Herrera was frustrated and refused medical treatment, his son said. Officers arrived and confronted Herrera, then opened fire.

    Family members said Herrera was unarmed.

    The officer involved in the shooting is a 5-year veteran, officials said.

    Authorities are continuing their investigation.

    Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call the Department at 909-986-6711.

    Willian Avila contributed to this report.

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