Lake Elsinore Man Shot By Police Identified

Lake Elsinore resident Alejandro Lopez, 28, was shot by a deputy in the 33000 block of Olive Tree Lane in Lakeland Village Monday morning.

Police are reporting that a Monday morning shooting in Lakeland Village was triggered by a domestic dispute.

Lake Elsinore resident Alejandro Lopez, 28, was shot by a deputy in the 33000 block of Olive Tree Lane in Lakeland Village. The shooting occurred around 9:30 a.m., about 45 minutes after police responded to a domestic violence call at the mobile home residence, according to Deputy Alberto Martinez of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

When deputies first arrived on scene, they spoke to a female victim who stated that her estranged ex-boyfriend, later identified as Lopez, had just assaulted her, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department. The victim also said the man was still inside her residence, “acting very agitated, erratic and made threats to harm himself,” the news release stated.

Deputies surrounded the home and made several calls to Lopez, attempting to resolve the matter peacefully, but he did not respond to requests to exit the dwelling, the news release continued.

Deputies entered the residence and when they found Lopez “he became violent toward the officers and an officer-involved shooting ensued,” the news release continued.

One deputy fired his service weapon at Lopez, injuring him. Medical assistance was immediately provided and Lopez was transported to a local hospital, according to the news release. Martinez said the injuries were non-life threatening; there were no other injuries reported.

The deputies involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave per department policy; the investigation is ongoing.

For much of Monday, Olive Tree Lane was closed to through traffic as police continued their investigation.

The victim’s identity was not released by authorities.

Vince May 22, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Sheeesh....just wait until this becomes yet another Wrongful Death Lawsuit....How comes they don't teach these dang officer's how to hit vital areas, dead nuts, ONE SHOT? Then, short of any BOGUS witnesses to back up the coming streaming, and screaming shiat storm of BULLSHIAT from a "wrongly WOUNDED fella's" lawyer, it is a done deal----no harm, no foul, no lies need spoken on either side... Guy's, lookey here, if ya pull the weapon, be DEAD SERIOUS with it, and save the court system, and tax payer a whole passle of headaches...capiche? Seems rather basic, and quite logical to me...so if yer gonna shoot, MEAN IT, and shoot to kill, or just go ahead and pepper spray the perp---being careful to avoid the eyes at an unsafe distance....see? Even I can learn what NOT to do....
Roberto May 22, 2012 at 01:41 AM
The guy was inside the house ad the Officers entered the home? What happened to S.W.A.T. ? If this is true, they need to be sued and the Officers fired. That's right terminated.
Wizard Without Remorse May 22, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Both of you watch too much TV and have no clue about proper police procedure.
Ken Mayes May 22, 2012 at 04:20 AM
When an officer has to use his weapon he has failed in his/her job to protect and serve.
Roadrunner May 22, 2012 at 08:46 AM
Yeah Charles I agree. Ken, uhm no!!!!!! They have not failed to do their job to protect and serve. Realize something here, law enforcement are reactive. Meaning they react to what is presented. If he presents a threat to their life, then firing the weapon is a necessary evil. I don't believe SWAT would be called out on this type of call. Whether or not the suspect is fatally injured or not, does not prevent the ambulance chasing lawyers from launching a wrongful death suit. The county/city often settles out of court to prevent the escalating financial charges that ensue while court proceedings are happening. It just simply comes down to smart buisness. Pay less now, or pay less, but more because of the court process.
Sharon May 22, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Vince, the article said nothing about this guy pulling out a weapon. Read it again. It said he "assaulted" his ex-girlfriend. Nowhere does it say he had a weapon. It states "he became violent towards the officers." Get your facts straight.
Lepimpster May 22, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Sharon, you may want to read Vince's comment again. He never mentioned that the guy who became violent had a weapon. He's talking about when the officers pull their weapon out, and if an officer needs to use it make it count. You may wanna get your facts straight...lol
jerry May 22, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Hey wannabepimpster(lmao). Shoot to kill is what u and vince talk about right?. Me being from a gang, we also have those same principles.. but is that a way for law inforcement to act on civilians?
Keith Allen May 22, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Can't be wrongful death unless someone dies.
Rat Fink May 22, 2012 at 03:45 PM
You would change your self righteous attitude if you had been the victim this incident.
Linda Ridenour May 22, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I would like to thank the Deputy for protecting this family. I live in Lakeland Village and we appreciate the Sheriffs.
zoe moire May 23, 2012 at 02:00 AM
What is an ex-boyfriend doing in the ex-girl friend's house and causing her to call in a domestic violence call to the Sheriff Department? Was she battered? Did the officers help to save her life? Let's wait for some details/facts in the case.
K4299R May 23, 2012 at 04:39 AM
this statement makes absolutely NO SENSE. It doesn't work that way, you don't need SWAT to enter a home, stop watching cop shows.
K4299R May 23, 2012 at 04:40 AM
if an officer has to pull his weapon he/she is probably protecting THEMSELVES do that job and have a violent person come at you and let us know what you do then.
K4299R May 23, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Just remember, law enforcement doesn't always release all the information right away... don't ever take news articles at face value there is ALWAYS more to the story whether it is on the good or bad side
phred May 23, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Great Job Deputy! You went home safely and he didn't!
LBV Collins May 24, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Hi Vince. It's my understanding that officers are trained to shoot to kill. None of this, "I'll just shoot him in the leg to disable him" nonsense. They are taught to shoot for the torso, which gives officers the highest odds for successfully hitting their target and stopping an assailant. In this particular case, I suspect the officer missed his torso target. (Assuming the assailant wasn't hit in the torso.)
LBV Collins May 24, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I disagree, Ken. When an officer pulls his weapon, it's because he believes that he or those he is protecting are in imminent danger of great bodily harm or death from the assailant. Otherwise, he should not draw his weapon. BTW: The same conditions are true for civilians. You can only draw and fire your weapon if you believe that you or someone else is in imminent danger of great bodily harm or death from the assailant.
linda you have no clue what liars and thugs these cops are really about!!! Just another lie about this man being violent or a threat, face it their trigger happy!
Lepimpster May 24, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Jerry, you may want to read my statement again as I never gave my opinion, I was explaining what Vince's statement was about. So shoot to kill is not what I and Vince are all about it's what Vince's statement was all about. Damn people quit getting your panties in such a bind and stop reading between the lines. You guys pass judgement on the officer without even knowing the facts. It's no wonder this country is like it is these days.
zoe moire May 24, 2012 at 08:43 PM
So for Ken, when another civilian has their gun and trigger finger in your face, and the officers are surrounding that person with the gun, you would not want them to act to protect and serve you in the best possible way by taking that person "out?" Interesting.
Randy savage May 26, 2012 at 05:42 AM
It makes no sense, the officer claims the injuries were not life threatening but yet the victim is in a coma as we speak. Bull crap!!! 40 caliber or greater to the head sounds pretty lethal to me
Roberto May 26, 2012 at 01:48 PM
He refused to exit the dwelling so the Officers went in and shot him in the head? This story makes no sense. This is a SWAT function.
Super Woman May 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I agree
Randy savage May 26, 2012 at 06:06 PM
The story does not add up to what the outcome of the situation was, simply because they're not telling the truth plus they want to make themselves look like heroes. What ever happened to tasers and pepper spray? I totally feel that this was uncalled for.
K4299R May 26, 2012 at 08:07 PM
wow so glad you were there when this happened to determine what type of weapon should be used. So what happened since you obviously know so much about what is going on...
Randy savage May 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Don't need to be there to determine anything, just know that there's people that know exactly what happened and how it ended which is nothing like what the officer describes.
Roadrunner May 27, 2012 at 04:38 AM
So these people were inside the residence???? I highly doubt that, so unless they have x-ray vision, which I highly doubt again, you are purely speculating and believing embelished stories....Get the facts before you cast judgement. Tasers and pepper spray are only tools. These tools are not used in case of a life or death scenario. I wasn't there, and when it plays out the way it will in court, then we can decide. Besides, I didn't read where it said there was a head shot and if anyone knows anything about shooting, the head is a smaller target than the body. Even snipers who are trained marksman, aim at the body...
1435alexlopez May 28, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Sad how everything happend. Horrible that so many people are negetive. I don't wish this to happen to anyone,mostly not to the one I love. He is in stable condition. He was acting suicidal and he had a death wish. Not even the family could have helped him. I'm greatfull he didn't get hurt worst. Thank youto everyone who keeps him in prayer. Thank you to all the officers that day for responing.


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