Oceanside police say man reaching for gun shot by officer

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - An officer fatally shot a probationer from San Pedro who allegedly went for a gun Monday during an encounter outside a yacht-sales office at Oceanside Harbor.

The events that led to the shooting began shortly after 9 a.m., when police received a complaint about a man sleeping on a bench in front of the boat business in the 1300 block of N. Harbor Drive, Lt. Leonard Cosby said.

A short time later, an officer approached the man and ordered him to show his hands. The man refused and then allegedly reached for a pistol he was carrying in his waistband, according to Cosby. The officer fired at least five rounds, striking the man three times.

Medics airlifted the wounded man -- identified as a documented gang member in his mid-20s -- to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where he was pronounced dead. His name was withheld pending family notification.

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