Deputy fires at evicted man in downtown San Diego: Police say deputy believed he was threatened
Daryl Ray Cody shot in leg
Last Updated: 44 days ago
SAN DIEGO - An evicted renter ignored deputies' orders to vacate his downtown apartment Tuesday, prompting one of them to shoot him in the leg when he appeared to reach for a gun, authorities reported.
Daryl Ray Cody, 30, suffered an apparently non-life threatening wound in the shooting in the 900 block of Sixth Avenue, according to San Diego police.
Two sheriff's Court Services Unit personnel went to eject Cody, who had been served with three-day eviction notice Saturday, from the Vantaggio Suites Gaslamp building near Horton Plaza about 7:30 a.m., SDPD Lt. Mike Hastings said.
Getting no response after repeatedly knocking at the front door, the deputies continued to announce themselves, opened the front door and entered the rental unit, finding Cody lying underneath a blanket in a loft accessible by a ladder, Hastings said.
Cody refused to comply with several commands to come down from the elevated area, prompting one of the deputies to climb up, the lieutenant said.
Seeing what appeared to be the barrel of a gun pointing directly at him, the deputy ordered Cody to show his hands, according to Hastings.
"Cody refused … and moved his body, making the deputy believe he was going to be shot," the lieutenant said.
At that point, the deputy fired a single round at Cody. Medics stabilized him at the scene before taking him to a hospital, where he was admitted in stable condition, the lieutenant said.
A law enforcement source told 10News that the item that appeared to be a gun barrel was actually a vacuum cleaner hose extension pipe.
Cody was expected to be booked into county jail following his release from medical care. It was not immediately clear what charges he might face.
Many living at the suites are foreign exchange students, but Cody was not among them, 10News learned.
Those who know him described him as a nice guy, but they noted that Cody was going through rough times financially.
"He's not working," said Solomon Araz, who told 10News he knows Cody. "That's why ... he's not working and he cannot pay his rent."
After the shooting, investigators said they did not find a weapon inside the apartment.
The deputy, whose identity was not released, was not injured.
Though San Diego police are handling the criminal investigation, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department will conduct a review of policies and procedures.
Spokeswoman Jan Caldwell told 10News, "Every time we have a critical incident in the field, an officer-involved shooting, anything of this magnitude that automatically triggers a review; an internal review, sometimes an outside review. This is a hard time for people being served; it's an extremely stressful, sometimes embarrassing time so they have special training in this."
Caldwell said the deputies in this case were assigned about 15 services over the course of the day. Each one is unique; each one is given individual consideration beforehand.
"They plan the strategy on the best way to approach the situation; where it is, who's there, what they might encounter, and overall mindful of the situation, that it is very stressful," said Caldwell.
Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call the San Diego Police Department's Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.
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