A Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department deputy shot to death a 51-year-old man following a dispute that arose after the man returned to a Riverbank home he had been evicted from over a month ago.
The incident involved the owner of the home and his former renter, who returned to the property in the 7000 block of Burneyville Road on Tuesday morning. When the confrontation escalated and the former tenant refused to leave, the owner called 911 at 10:47 a.m.
The homeowner told deputies the tenant, identified as Armando Osuna, returned to the property and tried to gain access, said sheriff's department spokesman Deputy Royjindar Singh.
The homeowner denied Osuna access, left the property after a brief argument and called for law enforcement. He was not injured.
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Two deputies arrived and were immediately confronted by Osuna. According to the sheriff's department, Osuna became combative and struck one of the deputies with a metal pipe. One of the deputies opened fire, hitting Osuna in the upper torso.
Osuna was then put in handcuffs while a request was made for medical assistance. Osuna was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
The deputy struck by the pipe also was taken to a hospital. He was treated and released.
The area was cordoned off while authorities investigated the scene. The Sheriff's Department told residents who needed to access the area to use Prestwick Drive.
The home where the incident occurred is on the east side of Burneyville, near where it dead-ends just south of the Stanislaus River across from Jacob Myers Park.
It was not clear if the shooting occurred inside or outside the home.
There are three separate investigations taking place – the sheriff's department is handing the criminal and administrative investigation and the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office is conducting a review of the incident.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Marissa Wyatt at 209-525-7091.