Man Shot by Officer Brandished a Knife, Police Report Says

Updated story includes additional information:

A man shot by a Sheriff's deputy this morning approached the officer with a knife and refused commands to comply, police said tonight.

Patrick Domingo Halbert, 29, of Perris was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for attempted murder on a peace officer.

Police said that this morning at 7:12, officers from the Perris Police Department responded to the 700 block of Penasco Grande Street in reference to a suspicious person call. The caller stated that two adult male suspects were trying to look inside his garage. When he confronted them, one of the suspects brandished a knife and threatened the caller.

As officers were responding to the area, the caller advised that the suspects were walking away from his residence toward the area of Arrowhead Circle and Mountain Avenue. Once the first officer arrived in the area, he saw the two suspects walking in his direction. The officer exited his police car and attempted to stop and question the suspects.

According to police, one of the suspects stopped and complied with the officer's command. Halbert, who was armed with the knife, ignored the officer's commands and advanced toward the officer. He was then shot by the officer.

No officers were injured. The second subject was questioned and released.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact Investigator Paz of the Riverside Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at 951-922-7777, or Investigator Heath of the Perris Sheriff's Station at 951-210-1000.


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