San Diego police: Ranger shot man at Torrey Pines State Reserve

Man shot in abdomen

SAN DIEGO - A park ranger shot a man holding a knife in a threatening manner at the Torrey Pines State Reserve Thursday, according to San Diego police.

Police said the shooting happened just before 2:20 p.m. at the southern end of the park, located in the 12200 block of Torrey Pines Road.

According to police, earlier in the day, rangers received reports of a naked man running through the park.

A ranger on a routine patrol stumbled upon a tent with a man inside and began questioning him, police said.

"Not knowing if it was the man from the previous incident, the ranger decided to make … contact with the man," said SDPD Capt. Terry McManus.

Police said they talked for 10 minutes before another ranger arrived. The man then went back to the tent, retrieved a knife -- possibly a machete -- and began approaching the rangers while making verbal threats. Police said it was at that point when one of the rangers shot the man in the abdomen.

"He moved toward rangers in a threatening manner. One of the rangers, believing his life was in jeopardy and perhaps the life of [his] partner, removed his service weapon and fired one round at suspect," said McManus.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department crews carried the injured man from the shooting scene to an ambulance, and he was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police have not confirmed if the injured man is the same man reportedly running naked in the park.

No other injuries were immediately reported.

Police are continuing their investigation, combing the park's trails for evidence and looking for witnesses.

10News learned the two rangers involved in the incident will be interviewed Thursday night.

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