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Christian Pena, 26
Rialto, California
October 02, 2015

Agencies: Rialto Police Department

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A domestic-violence suspect pulled a knife on police, who then fatally shot him at a Rialto apartment complex, investigators say.

The 26-year-old probationer and alleged gang member died at a hospital soon after the 3:19 p.m. incident Friday, Oct. 2, along the 200 block of South Linden Avenue, about 2 miles west of downtown Rialto.

Police went to the sprawling complex after the suspect's girlfriend made a 9-1-1 call reporting domestic violence, said Capt. Randy De Anda.

The suspect began struggling, prompting the officers to use a Taser on him, with no effect, De Anda said.

"The suspect reached for a knife, at which time the officers used deadly force," De Anda added.