Suspect identified in fatal officer-involved shooting at Valley View Casino

Posted at 1:53 PM, Mar 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-21 21:10:24-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) – Police in Escondido have identified the suspect shot and killed by an officer at Valley View Casino Saturday night as Osbaldo Ramirez Jimenez, 50.

The incident began after police received a domestic disturbance call on the 1400 block of Timber Glen Road in Escondido.

When they arrived, police say the suspect got into a vehicle and led them on a chase that ended at the casino’s valet entrance.

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When Jimenez got out of the vehicle, police say they noticed he was holding a handgun when the officer-involved shooting took place. Jimenez was taken to the hospital where he later died. 

Authorities also identified the officer involved in the shooting as Officer Terrence Pizzuti, who they say has been with the department since 2013.

The incident reportedly caused chaos inside the casino. One woman inside at the time of the shooting was trampled. She was taken to the hospital where she is expected to survive.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation. When the department is finished, the investigation will be handed over to the District Attorney’s office for review.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Sheriff’s homicide unit at 858-974-2321.

Video of the aftermath of the shooting was captured on social media: 


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