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An Irvine shooting in California has seen a suspect shot by police officers and rushed to a local hospital for medical treatment.
Irvine police reportedly attended the Doria Apartment Homes Complex to serve a warrant in relation to a sexual assault investigation on Tuesday morning. However, when they arrived they found their suspect, 35 year old Ronald Williams, in the parking lot adjacent to the complex.
Police have not confirmed exactly what happened when they confronted Williams, but the incident resulted in William being shot by officers, with officials confirming that a handgun had been recovered from the scene.
Irvine Police Department Lt. Julia Engen said: "Detectives were here preparing to serve a search warrant when they contacted the suspect in the parking lot. The subject they were here to interview for their investigation was shot."
An investigation has been launched into the shooting, and officials have said that more information would be released in the near future as facts are confirmed and verified.
Engen said: "We don't have exact details right now of the moment in time when the shooting occurred. That will be coming later when the investigation is more complete."
On local resident, Cindy Jackson, who was at the complex at the time of the shooting, reported that there was a man with a rifle in the parking lot shooting at police officers.
Jackson said: "A female who was applying as a prospective resident as well said, 'There's a man with a rifle outside and I think he's starting to shoot.' We then were asked to run out the left side of the building by a police officer, and we ran about two blocks up the road while shots were being fired."
Williams was reportedly conscious at the hospital, although his exact condition has not been announced. Police suspect him of sexual conduct with a minor 14 years old or younger. He will likely now face more charges for the latest shooting incident with police officers.