A man suspected of child molestation was shot and wounded by police officers serving a warrant as they approached him in the parking lot of his apartment complex in Irvine, Calif.
Emergency personnel took Ronald Williams, 35, to a hospital after Irvine police officers shot him outside the leasing office of the Doria Apartments, police department spokesman Julia Engen said. At the time, police were serving a search warrant for Williams, who was being investigated for lewd conduct with a minor.
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Lt. Julia Engen of the Irvine police department told The Los Angeles Times
that police do not know the condition of Williams, and she declined to say what led the officers to open fire on Williams while they were confronting him around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday.
Engen said that detectives found two handguns near the scene of the shooting.
"An officer will draw a weapon if they feel their life or life of another is in imminent danger," Engen told KNBC-TV.
Cindee Jackson told the Los Angeles Times she was at the leasing office filling out paperwork to possibly live at the apartments when the shots were fired.
"We saw there was a man with a rifle and later found out he was a detective in plainclothes," Jackson said. "We went on lockdown."
KNBC-TV reported that Williams had previously served time for sale and possession of marijuana.
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