SAN DIEGO - A possibly suicidal man waving what appeared to be a gun was wounded Wednesday in an officer-involved shooting near De Anza Cove, authorities reported.
San Diego police got a report that an armed man was making threats and comments about killing himself in the 2800 block of North Mission Bay Drive in Mission Beach shortly after 11 a.m., SDPD public-affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.
Officers tried in vain to persuade the man to drop the weapon and surrender.
The photographer who captured video of the man waving the gun spoke with 10News about being in the line of fire.
"I knew he was going to do something," said local photographer Ed Baier.
Baier was one of the first on the scene and one of the only ones to capture every minute of what would turn out to be a standoff that would last for more than an hour.
He was in the middle, less than 100 yards away as the man already negotiating with officers in the park headed back to his car and re-emerged.
"I actually yelled out 'cause I didn't know if the officers near me knew or not. You hear me yell, 'Gun!'" Baier said.
The standoff ended when an officer opened fire as the man raised the gun, according to police.
"Like lightning … you see the lightning first, then the thunder. So I saw him go down immediately and then I heard the click the crack of the shot and then that was it," said Baier.
Medics took the suspect to a trauma center. Police say he is serious but stable condition. The officer who shot the man is a nine-year veteran of the force.
No names were released.
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