SAN DIEGO - An officer-involved shooting was reported in Pacific Beach on Saturday.
Bobby Riddick was visiting San Diego from Sacramento and did not expect to become a witness of a shooting. He even filmed cellphone video of the confrontation.
"The officer was like, 'Get on the ground!'" said Riddick. "And then the guy started walking back and forth like this, like debating to get on the ground and then he started walking away and then turned and started walking toward the officer."
According to the San Diego police homicide unit, the incident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. on Garnet Avenue near Dawes Street.
The call initially came in as a report of a man using a weapon in a threatening manner, SDPD Capt. Terry McManus said.
"San Diego police officers received a radio call to the corner of Everts and Garnet which is just one block to the right of me," said McManus. "A male caller described an adult male suspect armed with a knife or a pair of scissors. They weren't clear at the time."
He said officers responded and confronted the suspect. An officer fired a shot, hitting the suspect in the torso. The suspect was treated and transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Joey Ortega says the suspect was clearly agitated and not following the officer's orders.
"He was pacing back and forth… and the cop told him to put his knife down, to stand down to get down on the ground, and he said he wouldn't," said Ortega.
The San Diego Police Department's Homicide Unit was dispatched to investigate, as is standard in officer-involved-shooting incidents.
Authorities issued a Sig Alert for the area while police conducted their investigation.
McManus said officers have a tough job.
"We want to protect the public and ourselves," he said. "Ideally, when you give firm commands, you're in a police uniform, we'd like to expect that people comply to our orders and in this case, the suspect did not comply."