A man who smashed a broken beer bottle into a San Diego police officer's head outside a Point Loma store was in custody Sunday, recovering from a gunshot wound inflicted by the officer.
Officer Michael Beltz shot the man near the 4100 block of West Point Loma Boulevard Saturday afternoon after he was attacked, police said.
Beltz -- a 13-year San Diego police veteran -- was treated at a local hospital and sent home, police said.
Michael Trace, 36, was treated at a local hospital for his wounds and then booked into the county jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, a jail clerk said.
He remained in jail in lieu of $15,000 bail, pending arraignment Wednesday at the San Diego Courthouse.
The incident began about 12:50 p.m. yesterday, when police received a call of a fight at a 7-Eleven store at 4101 W. Point Loma Boulevard, San Diego police Capt. Mary Cornicelli said.
The store clerk told police that the suspect struck him in the back of the head, shoved him and left the store. The clerk said the suspect was a transient who had caused problems at the store in the past, Cornicelli said.
Officers spotted the suspect a block away from the store, on Groton Street but when they stopped to speak to him, he ran off, Cornicelli said.
A chase ensued through several neighborhood streets, during which the suspect allegedly turned to challenge the officer and police unsuccessfully tried to subdue him with a baton, Cornicelli said.
At one point, the suspect picked up a broken beer bottle and threatened the officer with the jagged edge, prompting the officer to try pepper spray on the suspect but again, he ran away, the captain said.
The officer chased the suspect into an area behind the 3800 block of Groton Street, closed off by a wooden fence, police said. The suspect put his hands over the top of the fence, Cornicelli said.
Thinking the suspect was about to throw the bottle away, he grabbed the suspect from behind and pulled him off the fence to the ground but the suspect smashed the bottle into the side of the officer's head, stunning him, Cornicelli said.
The officer thought he was about to lose consciousness and feared for his safety, so he drew his gun and fired at the suspect, hitting him in the leg, Cornicelli said.
The suspect crashed through the fence and ran two blocks or so before other officers caught up with him, the captain said.
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