SAN DIEGO - A man pointed a rifle at San Diego police officers and refused an order to drop the weapon, prompting an officer to shoot him, police said.
The man – whose name was not released – was hospitalized and awaiting charges Sunday, officers said.
Police were dispatched at 7:36 p.m. Saturday to the area of Louisiana Street and University Avenue in North Park, to investigate several reports a man shooting a rifle in the street, Duran said.
Capt. Terry McManus told U-T San Diego the man was seen firing shots into the air and may have fired toward a pizzeria. One witness told U-T San Diego he saw the man exit a home on Louisiana Street, yell at him and then fire a shot. Another witness said she heard two shots.
Arriving officers saw the man wearing a camouflage jacket and holding a rifle on the northeast corner of the intersection near Colima's Mexican restaurant. The officers called out to him several times to drop the rifle.
The gunman did not comply and instead pointed the rifle in the direction of the officers, Duran said. The man was then shot in the stomach by one of the officers.
Paramedics rushed the man to an area hospital, where he was expected to survive, Duran said.
Neighbor Sabrina Moede and her children heard the whole incident.
"I was in my living room right next door – with everybody that lived there – kids and all when we heard the second round," she told 10News. "We sat on the ground and turned out the lights."
10News spoke with friends and neighbors of the man, who identified him only as "Tim."
One said Tim – a Vietnam veteran who had been depressed – suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Another neighbor, Hermine Castleblanco, described what he yelled after he was shot.
"I heard him tell the cops, 'You are supposed to shoot me in the head. I wanted to die. Why didn't you shoot me in the head?'" said Castleblanco. "He said that several times."
Neighbors say he did not want to hurt anyone.
The officer who drew his service weapon was a 4-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, Duran said. His name was not immediately released.