Machete-armed man killed after stabbing K-9 in City Heights standoff

SAN DIEGO - Investigators sought Monday to determine what led a City Heights man to threaten his family and police with knives and a stick at his apartment over the weekend, prompting officers to fatally shoot him.

Patrol personnel went to the residence in the 3800 block of Menlo Avenue shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday on reports that 21-year-old man was threatening the lives of his family, according to San Diego police.

Officers arrived to find the man holding a knife and a stick and behaving in an "agitated" manner, Lt. Mike Hastings said. As the officers tried to persuade him to disarm himself, the man allegedly began threatening them and retrieved a machete.

Officers tried in vain to subdue the suspect with stun guns and police dogs, Hastings said. When one of the canines approached, the suspect struck it on the back with the machete, according to police.

The man then allegedly swung the weapon at an officer, prompting two others to open fire. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene. His name was withheld pending family notification.

The police dog, an 8-year-old German shepherd named Nando, was taken to a veterinary hospital, where staples were used to close the wound. The animal, which is expected to survive, has been with the department since 2008 and was set to retire this month, the lieutenant said.

The officers who shot the suspect have been employed by the SDPD for 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 years. Their names were not immediately released.

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