Suspect Killed by Deputies in Vista ID’d by Father

Suspect shot and killed by deputies at Vista apartment on Friday identified as Michael Napier by his father on Saturday

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A male suspect shot and killed by San Diego County Sheriff's deputies at a Vista apartment complex on Friday has been identified by his father.

On Saturday, the supect's father told NBC 7 his son, Michael Napier, was the man killed by deputies at the Vista apartment.

According to Napier's father, Napier was sought by deputies in connection to a felony warrant for drug-related charges on Friday at around 6:40 p.m. in Vista.

Deputies said they spotted the suspect inside a garage at the Shadow Ridge Park Apartments in the 2000-block of South Melrose Drive. 

The suspect appeared to be fixing a bicycle inside the garage. According to the sheriff's department, deputies made contact with the suspect and ordered him to show his hands. Officials said the suspect did not comply and, instead, allegedly moved his hands towards the waistband of his pants.

Fearing for their safety, deputies opened fire on the suspect, critically wounding him. The man was pronounced dead on scene a short time later.

Immediately following the deputy-involved shooting, officials shut down the area around the apartment complex so investigators could gather evidence.

Napier's father said that, at the time of the incident, he tried to get more information from officials at the scene, but he was handcuffed and wasn't given any information.

With tears in his eyes, Napier's father told NBC 7 that Napier leaves behind two children, a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old.

As of Sunday, the names of the deputies involved in the shooting had not yet been released and officials had yet to release the name of the suspect.

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