Police: Gunman dead after standoff in downtown San Diego

SAN DIEGO - A gunman spotted in a window in downtown San Diego was ultimately killed when police say he picked up his weapon and pointed it at officers.

The situation began when a police officer was flagged down in the 900 block of Broadway and told that a man was on the third floor of an apartment complex and had what appeared to be a long gun in his hands.

The man was seen in a window peering down at the street below. Police say he appeared despondent and was acting agitated. Emergency negotiators tried to communicate with him, to no avail.

Police ended up shutting down streets in the area, diverting trolley service, surrounding the building and calling in SWAT. Some officers were standing at the ready with guns drawn.

According to police, about an hour into the incident, the man pointed a gun at officers. One of the officers, a 22-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, shot at the suspect.

The man, who was later identified as a 62-year-old, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.


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