Knife-Wielding Man Shot by Officer at Gas Station

A Murrieta man was shot by a police officer on Thursday after he refused to drop a knife he was waving around at a local gas station, poli...

A Murrieta man was shot by a police officer on Thursday after he refused to drop a knife he was waving around at a local gas station, police said.

At 10:08 p.m., Murrieta Police received a call of a man waving a knife at the Chevron gas station at 24625 Madison Ave in Murrieta. Arriving officers saw the man inside the gas station market, waving the knife and apparently trying to stab customers, police said.

Officers entered the market and confronted the man, ordering him several times to drop the knife; however, he refused to comply and was shot by an officer. The officers then rendered first aid to the suspect until paramedics arrived and transported him to a local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.

The suspect, 24-year-old Gabriel Acuna of Murrieta, is in stable condition but remains hospitalized in police custody. He is being charged with brandishing a weapon and assault with a deadly weapon.

The incident is being investigated by Murrieta Police Detectives as well as members of the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. The knife and video evidence of the incident has been recovered and several eyewitnesses have been identified and interviewed. No other citizens or officers were injured and the case will be forwarded to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office for review.




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