UPDATE: According to Monterey County Chief Assistant District Attorney Berkley Brannon, Cruz-Ciriaco grabbed a 2-foot machete and the toddler when police arrived and refused orders to drop the weapon and place the toddler back down.
Seaside police responding to a domestic violence call shot and killed 27-year-old Nestor Cruz-Ciriaco who was wielding a sharp instrument and may have taken a small child hostage.
Police officials refused to comment on the 5:30pm incident on the 1600 block of Laguna Street. Seaside Police Cmdr. Judy Stradan says the investigation has been turned over to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.
But a source who asked to remain anonymous confirms Cruz-Ciriaco, who was taken by ambulance to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, had died.
One neighbor, Robin Shaw, commented on the Weekly's Facebook page that she heard a commotion, including police screaming "put it down, put it down" just before gunfire erupted.
Shaw tells the Weekly she was sitting in her living room watching television when she heard the yelling.
"I got this feeling like I didn't even want to move," she says. "And then I heard two loud gunshots."
Shaw says she grabbed a phone to call 911, and then turned on her police scanner. That's when she heard officers yelling, "Oh my God, oh my God, there's a child down," Shaw says. "And my blood just curdled."
The child was apparently unharmed, but Cruz-Ciriaco may have grabbed him when police arrived. The relationship between the man and the child was not immediately clear.
"Some of the neighbors gathered outside and someone said they saw Cruz-Ciriaco with what looked like a machete," she says. "They were doing chest compressions on him in the ambulance and then they took him away."
Please check back for more on this story as it develops.
[Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Nestor Cruz-Ciriaco was taken to Natividad Medical Center.]