A hatchet-wielding man was fatally shot by police near the drive-thru of a Beaumont fast-food restaurant this weekend, authorities said.
Officers responded to the 1600 block of East Sixth Street shortly after noon on Saturday after receiving a report of a man armed with a hatchet and stick who was approaching vehicles in the drive-thru lane, according to the Beaumont Police Department. Police did not identify the restaurant, but the Los Angeles Times reported Monday that it was a Burger King.
At some point during the confrontation, police opened fire on the man. The shooting occurred after the man allegedly refused to comply with their orders, according to the Times.
He was taken to a local-area hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. Authorities have not yet released the man’s name.
No other injuries were reported.
One officer was placed on administrative leave, which follows the Police Department’s policy.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has taken over the investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Beaumont police Detective Ford 951-769-8500.