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.