North Park man shot by SDPD officer identified
Timothy James Farrell at hospital
Last Updated: 184 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Authorities released the name Monday of a North Park man who was wounded by police gunfire after allegedly waving a military rifle around near his home, firing the weapon into the air and pointing it at a patrol officer responding to the gunfire.
Timothy James Farrell, 55, remained at under guard at Scripps Mercy Hospital Monday afternoon, undergoing treatment for a shotgun wound to his torso, according to San Diego police. He was expected to survive, SDPD Lt. Jorge Duran said.
Officers went to the intersection of Louisiana Street and University Avenue shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday to investigate reports that a man was firing a gun over buildings and shouting at people to call the police.
Patrol personnel arrived to find Farrell on the northeast corner of the street crossing, clad in a camouflage jacket and clutching a .30-caliber bolt-action rifle, Duran said. The suspect ignored repeated orders to drop the weapon, then allegedly leveled at one of the officers, prompting him to open fire.
It was unclear what might have prompted Farrell's alleged threatening actions, which caused no reported injuries or property damage.
The intent of the suspect, who lives with a woman a short distance from the site of the shooting, may have been to commit "suicide by cop," Duran said.
"Some of the behaviors, patterns are consistent with that," the lieutenant noted.
It also remained undetermined whether intoxication played a role in the outburst, though several beer cans believed to have belonged to Farrell had been discarded on the roadside near where he was shot.
Farrell may be arraigned on multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon in his hospital room, where he will likely remain for at least several more days, according to Duran.
The name of the officer who opened fire on the suspect has not yet been made public. The patrolman has been with the San Diego Police Department for four years.
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