Calif. deputies fatally shoot two during gunfight
The Associated Press
SAN JACINTO, Calif. — Deputies shot and killed two people who had opened fire near an Indian casino in Southern California and fired at a sheriff's helicopter as officers chased them into the hills of the reservation.
Riverside County officers showed up at the Soboba Indian reservation around 6:20 p.m. Monday in response to a call from guards who said they were taking fire at a security kiosk, authorities said.
A man and a woman attacked the deputies with assault rifles, then drove off into the hills, Sgt. Dean Spivacke said. The suspects exchanged gunfire with officers pursuing them and shot at a helicopter that was following them, authorities said.
The suspects' vehicle broke down, and SWAT officers confronted them. More shooting ensued, and the hour-long gunbattle ended when both suspects were killed, Spivacke said. Authorities did not immediately release their identities.
No one else was hurt.
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It was the second fatal shooting by deputies at the reservation in less than a week. On Thursday, deputies killed 26-year-old tribal member Eli Morillo after he began shooting at them with an assault rifle.