MANTECA, CA - Manteca police say the man shot and killed by one of their officers Wednesday evening was a parolee who was armed with a weapon as he approached the officer.
The dead man was identified as Ernest Manuel Duenez Jr., 34.
Police spokesman Officer Jason Hensley said Duenez was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over during a traffic stop about 6:45 p.m. on the 200 block of Flores Avenue. Hensley said the officer reported the armed Duenez got out of the vehicle and advanced on him.
The officer, fearing for his life, drew his gun and fired at Duenez, Hensley said.
The name of the officer has not been released. He has been in police force 10 years.
Duenez had convictions for felony evading arrest, vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of controlled substances, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, participation in a criminal street gang and statutory rape, according to Hensley. Police were aware of Duenez' criminal background and considered him armed and dangerous, Hensley said.
The Manteca Police Department and San Joaquin District Attorney's Office are handling the investigation.