Man shot by deputies was holding a pellet gun

August 20, 2010 12:13:05 PM PDT
The Santa Clara sheriff's department has stopped missions to find illegal marijuana-growing operations in the wilderness until an investigation into a fatal police shooting is completed.

According to the San Jose Mercury News: a man shot and killed by deputes during a marijuana farm raid last month near Morgan Hill was armed with a pellet gun.

Deputies say the suspect Jose Penaloza Soto didn't obey commands to drop his weapon -- so they opened fire.

They were not able to tell how dangerous the weapon was.