Crime & Justice

Man shot, killed by Ontario police after Mothers Day party

A man was shot and killed in Ontario Saturday night after celebrating Mothers Day with his family. Police identified Jose Raul Herrera, 59, as the deceased.

The shooting took place at around 11:40 p.m. Saturday on the 900 block of North Placer Avenue. Corporal Fred Alvarez from the Ontario police department said officers responded initially to a medical assist call, but found Herrera armed and aggressive.

"The suspect was uncooperative and was armed with a weapon," Alvarez said. "His actions posed an immediate threat towards officers."

The department has not yet identified the weapon found at the scene. Herrera had a previous record with the department for a weapons violation, Alvarez said.

The officer who fired on Herrera was identified as a 5-year veteran of the force. His name has not been released.

Herrera's relatives told CBS 2 that they'd flagged down a police car after Herrera had passed out in the family's backyard. They were concerned, they said, because of Herrera's heart condition. After waking up, Herrera ran off.

"“That man was cared [for] by a lot of people. A lot of people are grieving for him right now. A lot of people,” Herrara's son Ivan told the station. “Something has to be done here.” 

Alvarez  said Ontario police are investigating the case and asked anyone with information to call detectives at 909-395-2749.