Man dead in Rancho Cordova officer-involved shooting

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  • Rancho Cordova police shoot and kill man during confrontation, Feb. 18, 2013.
  • Paul Tereshchenko, 35 of Sacramento, killed in Rancho Cordova officer-involved shooting.

RANCHO CORDOVA - One person was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Rancho Cordova Monday afternoon.

Rancho Cordova police were dispatched to a report of a family disturbance at a home on Nut Plains Drive, said Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Once at the home, officers confronted Paul Tereshchenko, 35, of Sacramento. Ramos said the incident quickly escalated when officers told Tereshchenko he would have to submit to a mental evaluation.

"He was acting bizarre, saying things that didn't make sense. Officers determined they needed to place him on hold and place him on a mental evaluation," said Ramos.

Police reported Tereshchenko became combative so they deployed a stun gun in an effort to subdue him. When the stun gun failed, a struggle ensued and officers were forced to fire their weapons, shooting and killing Tereshchenko, Ramos said.

According to Ramos, the officers sustained injuries in the confrontation but he did not elaborate on the severity of those injuries.

"Both officers were struck. One officer several times," said Ramos.

Per standard procedure, the officer who fired the fatal shot was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 


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