Man fatally shot in apparent case of self-defense in Moreno Valley

MORENO VALLEY California— In an apparent case of self-defense, a man was fatally shot during a family disturbance in Moreno Valley on Sunday morning, officials said.

Deputies arrived at 1:15 a.m. to a home in the 23700 block of Blackbird Circle to a report of multiple people involved in a family altercation, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

“During the incident, an estranged family arrived at the location and broke into the residence while threatening to cause harm to the occupants. The occupants confronted the estranged family member who became hostile. During the altercation, a resident used a firearm against the assailant,” the statement said.

Deputies found Cesar Acosta, 43, of Moreno Valley, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken by paramedics to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators were called in, including homicide investigators.

“At this point, the shooting appears to have been done in self-defense,” the sheriff’s statement said.