Detectives investigate fatal shooting in Del Cerro: Man shot during domestic dispute

Incident occurred in 5400 block of Adobe Falls Rd.

SAN DIEGO - A man and his wife grappled for a handgun during a fight on Saturday night in Del Cerro, and the man was shot in the chest and later died, police said.

The husband and wife began fighting shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the 5400 block of Adobe Falls Road near Waring Road, according to San Diego police Officer David Stafford. It was unclear what sparked the altercation.

San Diego police Lt. Ernie Herbert said the preliminary investigation revealed an argument between the 28-year-old victim and the 29-year-old woman escalated into a physical fight, and the two struggled over a handgun. During the struggle the man was shot in the chest, Herbert said.

Officers arrived to find the wounded man lying on the bedroom floor, and paramedics took him to a hospital in critical condition, according to Herbert.

The police department's Domestic Violence Unit was initially dispatched, but the investigation was turned over to homicide detectives when the injuries appeared terminal, Herbert said. He died about 8:45 a.m. Sunday, the lieutenant said.

Police refused to immediately release the suspect's name, but she was arrested and Herbert said she would be booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility. The man's name was also not released.

Detectives and forensic specialists were processing the scene for evidence and interviewing witnesses, Herbert said.

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