Vigil Held for 52-Year-Old Man Fatally Shot by Deputies

A vigil was held Monday night for a man fatally shot by San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies last week.

Ernesto Flores, 52, died after he was shot during a confrontation at his home near Montclair.

His daughter said she called 911 when he threatened to blow up his house when he was having a breakdown last Wednesday at his home near Montclair. His daughter said deputies went too far, though.

"He was breaking things," Yohana Flores said. "I called 911 to come and help me get him out of the house.

"We asked for help. We didn't ask to get him killed."

She said he was prone to anxiety attacks and was afraid of officers in uniform.

Yohana Flores said she told the emergency dispatcher her father had her nephew's BB gun.

"I didn't want somebody to get here and see him point and shoot," she said. "I explained everything to them."

Deputies said they fired at him after he pointed what appeared to be a small caliber rifle at them. The weapon was a pellet rifle commonly used for target practice or hunting small game, authorities said.

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