Sheriff’s officials release names of deputies who fatally shot man in Encinitas

Sheriff's homicide investigators huddle Friday morning in Encinitas after fatal shooting of a man by two deputies.
Sheriff’s deputies and homicide investigators huddled Friday in Encinitas as part of an investigation into the fatal shooting of a man by two deputies. The Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday released the names of the two deputies.
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The deputies were identified as Sean Zappia and James Clone


The Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, June 23, released the names of two deputies who fatally shot a man in Encinitas Friday, June 18.

Deputies Sean Zappia and James Clone shot 40-year-old Eric Scott Anderson, who had pointed a gun at the deputies, Lt. Thomas Seiver said.

Zappia has been with the department for nearly 10 years. Clone has been on the force for almost seven years.

The pair encountered Anderson after responding to a call about a “suspicious person” in a vacant lot on Eolus Avenue near Hymettus Avenue about 8 a.m. Friday.

Seiver said the deputies shot Anderson, who was homeless, twice, in the upper torso and leg, after he aimed the gun at them. Investigators recovered a handgun at the scene.

Homicide investigators were investigating the shooting, which is protocol when deputies open fire in the line of duty.