Parolee shot by police after walking toward officer with scissors in Pacific Beach sentenced

SAN DIEGO - A parolee who was shot by police when he walked rapidly with a pair of scissors toward an officer was sentenced Tuesday to five years in state prison.

Paul Aaron Brinkman, 38, pleaded guilty in November to assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said Brinkman, who had recently been released from prison, stabbed a man in an arm in Pacific Beach early on Sept. 21.

That afternoon, Brinkman lunged at another man outside a hair salon on Garnet Avenue near Everts Street. The other person, who believed his assailant was armed with a knife, jumped back to avoid being stabbed, ran off and called police, Runyon said.

Runyon said others who saw the attack flagged down a police officer, who responded and called for back-up. Brinkman was rambling when he was caught, he said.

"As the defendant got approximately 15 feet from the officer, ignoring the officer's repeated demands to put the knife down, the officer shot him once in the stomach area," Runyon said at Brinkman's arraignment.

The prosecutor said the "knife" turned out to be scissors that had been altered.

Brinkman was convicted in 2007 of an assault on a police officer in San Diego County, Runyon said.

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