Man killed by rangers in Big Sur suspected shot at hikers

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot to death by state park police on a remote trail in Big Sur over the weekend had shot at two hikers who had to scramble down a narrow trail for a cell signal to call authorities.

Monterey District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni says a park officer at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park shot 26-year-old Kevin Alaniz Saturday as officers responded to reports that a wild-eyed man was yelling and shooting at hikers. Authorities say he had hollow-point-type bullets and suspected psychedelic mushrooms in his backpack.

Pacioni say investigators later learned Alaniz also was suspected of a deadly car-to-car shooting on Interstate 680 in Milpitas on June 17. Officials say Alaniz knew the driver in the other car.

She said Thursday that officials had no idea Alaniz had been hiding in Big Sur.

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