Family of Man Shot and Killed by Indio Police Speaks Out
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CREATED Feb. 15, 2013
INDIO--We now know the name of the man killed by police last night in Indio. 23-year-old Alejandro Rendon was shot and killed after a confrontation with police officers.
This is the second officer involved shooting in the neighborhood in the past 4 weeks. Last time police fired at a man they say was walking around with a gun. Now, just a few blocks away, a young man on a bicycle was shot and killed. Police aren't saying if Alejandro Rendon was armed or what led to the shooting.
Alejandro Rendon's family sits heartbroken. They say his sudden death at the hands of Indio Police shouldn't have happened.
"You tell him stop, he'll stop," Rendon's sister Margarita said. "He's not aggressive. He's not the type of person to attack you or say something dumb to you."
Police say they shot Alejandro around 11:30 Thursday night. He was riding his bicycle along Miles Avenue. Police asked him to stop, but he kept going. Police say a confrontation ensued. That's when the officer opened fire, hitting the 23-year-old an unknown number of times.
"At this point in time I don't know the specifics as to what led to the confrontation or what the suspect was doing or what led to that, whether he was armed or not," Ben Guitron with the Indio Police Department said.
It's the second time in a month, police have opened fire on a suspect in Indio. Last time the man was carrying a gun. This time Alejandro's family says he was unarmed.
"Every single incident has it's own set of circumstances so these are split second decisions where they're thinking about the life of others and the protection of themselves," Guitron said.
Alejandro was treated at the scene but died a short time later from gunshot wounds. His family says he was a good kid, in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"Especially 5 bullets, you know? One would have been enough, why 5? I don't think that's fair," Margarita Rendon said.
The officer involved in the shooting was not injured. The investigation has been turned over to Riverside County Sheriff's Department.