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Man hit with shovel dies after alleged assault on Victorville city employees

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — The man who allegedly assaulted three Victorville city employees has died from his injuries after Victorville city workers used a shovel to fend him off.

The man was identified by his family as 45-year-old Jose Ruvalcaba.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials told Victor Valley News the investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

The alleged assault took place on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018, when employees from the Victorville engineering department were on Bear Valley Road and 5th Avenue painting the streets for a re-striping project.

“Ruvalcaba approached the men as they were painting lines on the roadway and assaulted them,” a sheriff’s press release issued Tuesday stated. “Ruvalcaba chased the workers with an unknown object in his hand and claimed he was going to kill them. Workers believed Ruvalcaba was armed as he chased them and feared for their safety.”

“As Ruvalcaba chased the workers, he attempted to steal their truck. Fearing for their safety, and to prevent further assault, one of the men struck Ruvalcaba once with a shovel,” officials said.

Officials say one worker sustained minor injuries but did not require medical aid. However, Ruvalcaba was transported to a hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries on August 13, 2018.

Victorville City Spokeswoman Sue Jones declined to comment if the employees are actively working or if they have been placed on leave pending the ongoing investigation.

Ruvalcaba’s family has raised over $3000 via a GoFundMe account titled “Justice for Jose’s murder.”

“Even if it was self-defense, multiple men against [one]? If he had started the fight, how is it possible that these workers could not detain an unarmed man? Why did they all have to beat him to the point where his eyeball came out of his skull and his eyelid had to be stitched back,” the fundraiser profile stated.

His family says he leaves behind five daughters: Michelle (20), Esther (17), Yanetzy (12), Noemi (11), and Mizrain (21).

The Sheriff’s Department did not release a motive for the attack and did not provide information on what Ruvalcaba had in his hand during the assault. However, a red Folgers coffee container was also marked as evidence at the scene.

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