Armed Man Fatally Shot by Sheriff’s Deputy in La Quinta Identified


(CNS) – A man who was fatally shot by a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy after authorities say he pointed a rifle at two deputies at La Quinta City Hall was identified Tuesday as a 66-year-old resident of the city.

Randy Fedorchuk died at an area hospital following Thursday’s shooting, according to Sgt. Lionel Murphy.

Deputies were sent about 1:25 p.m. to La Quinta City Hall at 78495 Calle Tampico to a report of a man with a gun in the courtyard, Murphy said.

The deputies saw a man with a rifle, which he pointed at the deputies, according to Murphy. A deputy then opened fire, shooting an undisclosed amount of bullets, wounding the suspect.

Fedorchuk was taken to a hospital and later died. The rifle was recovered at the scene, Murphy said.

No deputies were injured.

Both deputies have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy. Their names were not released.

Fedorchuk does not have any documented felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.

Investigators with the sheriff’s department and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate the shooting, according to the sheriff’s department.

La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans said Thursday evening that a staffer encountered the armed man outside City Hall and alerted the sheriff’s department and staffers to the presence of “an active shooter,” the Desert Sun reported.

She said the staffer who encountered the armed man was able to “safely enter our City Hall building and locked the doors” and, along with alerting authorities, “spread the word of an active shooter” to staff.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, City Hall doors are locked because the building remains closed to the public. People must make an appointment to be seen by a city worker and are only allowed into City Hall when arriving for a scheduled appointment.

The fatal shooting was the third involving a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy in the Coachella Valley since June.

Jeffery Monroy, 33, of Cathedral City was fatally wounded Aug. 7 after authorities say he attacked a deputy with a screwdriver in the 70000 block of Tamarisk Lane in Rancho Mirage.

Deputies fatally shot Aaron Solorio Granados, 33, on June 22 outside C.V. Guns & Tackle at 41-945 Boardwalk, Suite R, in Palm Desert, after he pointed a gun at them, according to the sheriff’s department.

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