STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed man investigators say was armed early Friday morning in the parking lot of the Days Inn on Waterloo Road in Stockton.
Deputies were called to the scene shortly after midnight for reports of a man reportedly waving a gun, according to the sheriff’s office.
“Once they arrived, they immediately saw the male who matched the description given by the reporting party and that male pointed a gun towards the deputies and the deputy, or deputies, which is something we’re still trying to figure out, opened fire,” Deputy Alan Sanchez said.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon that the man died from his injuries. Investigators said the man had been holding a replica firearm.
A hotel guest says she was sitting in her car at the time and didn’t see what happened.
“All of a sudden I hear a cop coming and I hear someone yelling, ‘I’m hit, I’m hit,’ and everything went crazy after that,” Vicky, who only wished to be identified by her first name, told FOX40.
However, according to Sanchez, there were upwards of a hundred people at the hotel at the time. While he won’t say where exactly the shooting happened, some rooms directly face the area investigators were concentrating their efforts.
“There was a suspicious car parked in the back but around here that’s nothing really new,” Vicky said.
Like Vicky, investigators believe the man was staying at the hotel commonly used for long term stays.
“We are trying to figure out if there was a relation between the reporting party and the suspect,” Sanchez said.
Investigators say they did find a gun at the scene. The two deputies involved were wearing body cameras but it’s unclear if they were turned on or recorded the shooting.
Staff said the hotel did not have working cameras in the area of the shooting.