MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A man found dead in thick brush near a rural Riverside County home probably was wounded by a sheriff's deputy in a confrontation after killing two other people, authorities said Wednesday.
A police dog sniffed out the body before dawn Wednesday in Moreno Valley. The man's name was not immediately released.
He is believed to have killed a woman Tuesday as she sat behind the wheel of an SUV at a gas station, sheriff's Deputy Armando Munoz said.
A short time later, a man was found shot to death at a home several miles away in the city of about 200,000 east of Los Angeles.
Investigators have not released a possible motive for the attacks.
Landscaper Enrique Lerma, 48, and his son, Jacob Lerma, 21, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1rvhFNZ ) that they later saw the man carrying an assault rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest near a home.
"He looked ready to shoot," Enrique Lerma said.
When a sheriff's deputy arrived, Lerma said, the man shot at him and then at the landscapers as they ran, Lerma said.
His son fell and broke his hip, Lerma said.
The gunman was later found dead with gunshot wounds that probably came from the deputy, although an autopsy will determine who fired the bullets that killed him, said sheriff's Capt. Joel Ontiveros, who serves as Moreno Valley's police chief.
The deputy was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released.