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Paso Robles man killed after allegedly pulling gun on deputies

Traffic was reduced to one lane on Highway 101 in south Atascadero on Tuesday morning as Sheriff’s investigators continued work at the scene of an officer-involved shooting.
Traffic was reduced to one lane on Highway 101 in south Atascadero on Tuesday morning as Sheriff’s investigators continued work at the scene of an officer-involved shooting.

A Paso Robles man who pulled a gun during a traffic stop was killed by sheriff’s deputies early Tuesday morning on Highway 101, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Josue Gallardo, 34, was identified as a transient from the Paso Robles area who had a warrant out for his arrest from an alleged domestic violence incident in June.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, one of the two deputies involved in the shooting had taken the original domestic violence report of the June 23 incident and knew Gallardo and Gallardo’s vehicle.

Shortly after midnight, the deputies recognized the vehicle while patrolling and pulled alongside as it was traveling south on Highway 101 near the Santa Barbara Road exit in Atascadero, the news release said.

The deputies pulled Gallardo’s vehicle over to the side of the road at 12:10 a.m. and approached from either side of the car. Gallardo then pulled out a weapon and aimed it at the deputy on the driver’s side, and both deputies fired, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla said.

The deputies then retreated and cleared the area. After backup units arrived, they approached the car again and discovered the driver was dead.

The Sheriff’s Office hasn’t specified how many shots were fired, and Cipolla said they were unlikely to release that information because of the ongoing investigation.

Though the Sheriff’s Office does not use body cameras for deputies out on patrol, the incident was recorded, Cipolla said, adding that he didn’t know for certain what recording method was used.

The deputies were not injured in the incident and have not yet been identified, Cipolla said. They were placed on administrative leave.

The last officer-involved shooting involving the Sheriff’s Office occurred in 2010, Cipolla said.

Highway 101 southbound was closed for several hours while authorities investigated the scene. The highway fully reopened to traffic at 7:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

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