San Diego police fatally shoot man they say pointed gun at officers

Police shot and killed a man who they said pointed a handgun at officers Thursday in City Heights, the third police shooting in the past 12 days.
The gunfire erupted shortly after 4 p.m. on Menlo Avenue just south of El Cajon Boulevard, a few blocks east of Hoover High School.

Two women driving through the area called 911 around 3:50 p.m. to report that a man had cocked a handgun and pointed it at them, police homicide Lt. Matt Dobbs said. The women pointed out the man to arriving officers, who confronted him and told him to surrender.

When the man put his hands in the air, a gun fell out of his clothing and onto the ground near him, according to Dobbs.

The lieutenant said the man refused to back away from the weapon.

While waiting for a police dog to show up to help officers arrest the man, he “reached down to the ground, picked up the weapon and pointed it directly at the officers,” Dobbs said during a media briefing Thursday evening.

Seven officers opened fire, and the man was struck at least once, dropping him to the ground.

The man still had possession of the gun while on the ground and allegedly “pointed (it) in the officers’ direction” again, prompting a second volley of gunfire from officers, according to a statement by Dobbs released late Thursday night.

Officers then waited until the dog arrived to move in and place the man in handcuffs, Dobbs said.

He died at the scene before he could be taken to a hospital. Police had not yet determined the man’s identity Thursday night.

The names of the seven involved officers, all from the Mid-City Division, were not immediately disclosed.

One witness, Evan Ribbey, 27, said he heard yelling outside his condo. When he stepped outside, onto his front balcony, he saw officers taking cover behind vehicles parked along the street and in a driveway. Some officers were running up and down the street with what Ribbey said looked like shields.

Ribbey, a system administrator who was working from home, said he heard officers repeatedly yell commands, including “drop the gun” and “step away from the vehicle.” The gunman was not in Ribbey’s line of sight.

Ribbey said he then heard 20 to 25 gunshots in rapid succession. “It was like fireworks,” he said.

A video clip he shared on Twitter captures what appears to be the gunfire.

Videos from two other witnesses near the scene also captured the sounds of several dozen gunshots.

Winona Bolton was checking her mail when she heard officers shouting at someone to drop a gun. Video captured by Bolton shows her and her husband, Kenlee Bolton, running back toward their apartment as gunfire erupts in the street behind them.

William Sykes was riding a bike and had just turned north onto Menlo from Orange Avenue when officers stopped him. Sykes said he heard a gunshot and jumped behind a bush to take cover. When he eventually stepped out, he saw officers starting CPR on the man, who was lying on the sidewalk.

This marks the sixth shooting by San Diego police this year, four of which were fatal. Three of the four men who were fatally shot were armed. The fourth had grabbed an officer’s gun holster.


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Tags: officer involved shooting, police body cam,

Location: San Diego