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Man hospitalized after Indio officer-involved shooting

Update 10:00 p.m. –

The man injured has been identified by authorities as 45-year-old Rigoberto Ramirez.

Ramirez has been booked into the East Valley Detention Center where he is being held on $30,000 bail.

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One man has been hospitalized following an early morning officer-involved shooting in Indio, police confirmed to News Channel 3.

Indio Police spokesperson Ben Guitron tells News Channel 3 that officers were called to a home for a domestic violence incident near Violet Street and Daffodil Court, off Avenue 49, at 5:35 this morning.

Police say ‘the man of the house’ was threatening to kill family members and responding police officers. Guitron says the man was outside with a rifle in hand when officers arrived. Officers tried to subdue the man with ‘less than lethal’ methods outside of the home after he refused to follow their commands.

Guitron says that’s when at least one officer opened fire, striking the suspect.

The suspect went into the home and came back out. Officers and a police canine team subdued the suspect. No canines were injured during the altercation

The suspect was sent to a hospital. No officers were injured, police say. The family inside the home is all okay.

A photo of the property where the officer-involved shooting occurred was passed along to News Channel 3 by a viewer. The photo was taken several weeks ago, and Indio PD has confirmed that it is the same home. The suspect involved in the officer-involved shooting reportedly spray-painted these messages on his own home.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be taking over the officer-involved shooting investigation and the Indio Police Department will be conducting an administrative investigation into the incident.

This is the officer-involved shooting involving Indio Police Department officers this year.

This is a breaking story. Stay with KESQ News Channel 3 for updates. A News Channel 3 news team is on scene.

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