Vincent Edward Hernandez Jr., 39
Vincent Edward Hernandez Jr., a 39-year-old Latino, died Monday, Sept. 11, after he was shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in the 1200 block of Stichman Avenue in the West Puente Valley community of Bassett, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Members of Hernandez’s family called deputies about 4:40 p.m. saying he was using narcotics and creating a disturbance, said Sheriff's Lt. Rodney Moore.
Deputies tried to talk to Hernandez, but he had locked himself in a bedroom, Moore said. Hernandez ignored deputies’ orders that he leave the room, and instead climbed out the bedroom window into the backyard, Moore said.
Two deputies confronted Hernandez in the backyard, Moore said, and saw that he was holding what looked like two guns, a rifle in one hand and a handgun in the other.
Hernandez ignored their orders to drop the guns and instead fired twice at the deputies, who both returned fire, Moore said.
The deputies’ shots hit Hernandez multiple times in the upper torso, Moore said.
Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:12 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The deputies were not injured.
Investigators discovered after the shooting that Hernandez was carrying Airsoft guns that shoot pellets or BBs, not bullets, Moore said.
Hernandez’ cousin, William Archuleta, 58, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that their grandmother had wanted to evict Hernandez before the shooting occurred, but he wouldn’t leave. That’s why she called the sheriff’s department, he said. “Her only option, she felt, was to involve the police officers.”
Archuleta, who lives across the street, said deputies fired five rounds, and then four more after his cousin dropped his pellet guns.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.