Deputies fatally shoot man at Vista apartment complex

SAN DIEGO - Deputies serving a warrant Friday evening were involved in a shooting at a Vista apartment complex that left one person dead.

Residents tell 10News that they heard numerous shots fired.

"We heard boom, boom, boom, boom, boom ... five shots. I said, those are shots," said resident Donna Milovitch. "We saw flashlights, and we heard voices and then within two minutes, we heard sirens, coming from over there ...  and then all these cars were here within a couple minutes."

The shooting happened just after 6:30 p.m. at the Shadowridge Apartments in the 2000 block of South Melrose Drive, according to the San Diego Sheriff's Department.

10News learned deputies from the department's gang enforcement unit were serving a felony warrant relating to drug charges when they located their suspect in a garage.

Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said, "They told him to show his hands and he made some motion with his hands and moved both his hands down to his waistband."

At that point, sheriff's officials said two deputies fired multiple shots, striking the man. Following the shooting, deputies performed CPR on the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Residents say Friday night's events are unsettling.

"First time for me and scary so ... it's not what I want," said resident Patricia Holland.

Milovitch said that no matter where you are, violence is something we are all not immune to.

"It can happen anywhere," she said.

No other details were immediately released. Sheriff's officials said no deputies were injured in the incident.

Detectives were at the complex throughout the night gathering evidence. The two deputies who opened fire have been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated.

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