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[Update: According to the Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch, neighbors Tuesday identified the dead man as Fred L. Smith and had created a memorial at the gate of his property.]

It's not always this bucolic in Riverside County (Image via Wikimedia)
An as yet unidentified 58-year-old Lakeland Village, California, man was shot and killed Friday by a deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Southwest Corridor Narcotics Task Force as officers served a narcotics search warrant on his home. He becomes the 20th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

According to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, the raid took place at 7:00am, and "one suspect was shot after brandishing a shotgun at one of the deputies." The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The press release does not give any further details about where in the residence the man was killed or whether the warrant was a "no knock" warrant. No eyewitness accounts have emerged so far.

Neighbors told the local newspaper The Press-Enterprise the dead man was a methamphetamine dealer and "a nice guy." Denny Borders said the man once told him he kept a shotgun under the bed, but that he wasn't violent. "He wasn't a fighter or anything," he said, "he wasn't a violent person."

Another neighbor, Susan Dreiske, said that while she was troubled by activity at the man's home, she would sometimes chat with him about gardening and that he had recently planted fruit trees in his front yard. "It's sad that he's gone," she said, "but the officers are just trying to do their jobs."

The incident is being investigated by the Riverside Sheriff's Department Central Homicide Unit. The unidentified deputy who shot the man is on paid administrative leave.

Lakeland Village, CA
United States
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mistake on 3rd link.

The 3rd link regarding a newspaper was the same as the sheriff's department press release. Just a note.

mistake on 3rd link.

The 3rd link regarding a newspaper was the same as the sheriff's department press release. Just a note.

Secretary of State

Hilary Clinton wants Moammar Ghaddafi to know that the US will not tolerate the killing of civilians by government.

more murders by police

my question is where are the familys of these murdered people.police will continue to murder people in thiere own homes .till the familys of the slaughtered take revenge a eye for eye .i guess thats why they wont even shoot dogs where i live .they know  the penalty for murder is another killing ..we got good cops here because they know murder is punished here out side of a court room the way it should be.

Cops license to kill

Whether it is outright murder like the swat guy who slipped and killed the older unarmed black man or this guy protecting his property from maybe real cops, most likely fake rip off cops or real ripoff cops they have pure immunity to kill innocent or any civilians.  This guy will not get any charges but will get a paid vacation while his partners in crime get their stories straight to make this a "clean" shoot.  They are the worst possible thugs.  I will fight anyone kicking my door in, as I am not a criminal unless you bring me a victim.  What you do in your home to yourself is your own business.  Please dont save me from myself by killing me you mf douche bag shaved head would be military chicken shits.  It is a lot easier to play army when you dont have a hadji shooting you back with auto weapons or with IED's.   F them.   Live free or die

Yep, great points

I agree COMPLETELY... I have seen the USA turn into a police state in just my own lifetime (born in 1953) and I freakin' hate what has happened here. Enough is too much!

Yep, great points

I agree COMPLETELY... I have seen the USA turn into a police state in just my own lifetime (born in 1953) and I freakin' hate what has happened here. Enough is too much!

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