Sunday, July 24 at the 26800 Block of Lawrence Court in Green Acres, an unincorporated area of Hemet, west of the city of Hemet and northeast of Winchester.
At approximately 10:30 am, Riverside County Sheriff Deputies from their Perris station responded to a call of a man walking around a residential neighborhood armed with a firearm and what appeared to be a tomahawk or a hatchet. People calling 911 described the subject as acting erratic and bizarre and carrying the gun and small axe style weapon.
Police located the suspect near Lawrence Court, a short road intersecting with Stetson Ave and near California Ave. When officers and deputies contacted the subject, he proceeded to run and hide in the trees and homes around the area. He did not abandon the two weapons and was still in their possession while in hiding.
Hemet Police Department, Riverside County Sheriffs and California Highway Patrol officers and deputies all worked together and for two hours, they spent time attempting to negotiate with the subject using all means in an attempt to end the situation peacefully, but unfortunately they weren’t successful.
The Star 9 Riverside County Sheriff Helicopter circled the location from above providing the officers on the ground with information about the suspects constant movements. When negotiations proved to be futile, SWAT arrived on scene and the situation ended with an officer involved shooting that left the suspect dead on scene.
Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff Homicide Unit worked the scene all night to document the incident and collect evidence on scene.
The suspect’s name has been revealed as Robert Lourenco, a man of 36 years of age and resident of the city of Riverside, CA. Lourenco was pronounced deceased on scene at 1:30 pm; half hour after he was injured. Regardless of receiving medical care on site as an attempt to stabilize the man before transporting him to a hospital for treatment; all attempts to save his life were useless.
“Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and an officer from the California Highway Patrol have been placed on administrative leave per their Departments’ policies.” – Deputy Michael Vasquez; Public Information Officer
The information here has been made public according to press releases from the Riverside County Sheriffs and Coroner. This is still an active and on-going investigation and anyone with further information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Dean at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Pico at (951) 210-1000 from the Perris Station.