Riverside County deputies kill man armed with spike bat

February 7, 2023 GMT

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Riverside California sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man diagnosed with schizophrenia Monday after he came towards them with a spike-tipped baseball bat, authorities said.

Deputies were called to a home in Moreno Valley just after 12:30 p.m. by a woman who reported that her son, 33-year-old Jesus Antonio Rodriguez, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, “was under the influence of an unknown substance and being aggressive towards her,” a Sheriff’s Department statement said.

“When deputies arrived, Rodriguez ran to his bedroom and started yelling at them from the doorway,” the statement said.

Deputies tried to deescalate the situation but Rodriguez grabbed a baseball bat tipped with sharp metal spikes, authorities said.

Deputies fired twice with a stun gun, without effect, and Rodriguez was shot when he advanced towards them with the bat, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Rodriguez died at the scene.

No deputies were harmed.

Moreno Valley is 70 miles east of Los Angeles.