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Suspect arrested following Carlsbad officer-involved shooting

Posted at 10:28 AM, Oct 21, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-21 15:47:13-04

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) — No one was killed or critically injured following an officer-involved shooting in Carlsbad late Friday night, according to San Diego Police.

The incident began when a Carlsbad Police officer stopped a white Ford van on Madison Street and Oak Avenue just before 11 p.m. Friday after seeing the driver commit “multiple traffic violations,” San Diego Police said.

“As the officer approached the vehicle to contact the male, the driver produced a handgun and fired at least one round at the officer without warning,” police added.

The officer sought cover and returned fire before calling for additional units.

“The suspect was given commands and complied with the officer’s directions. The suspect was apprehended several minutes later without further incident.”

Neither the suspect nor the officer was hit by gunfire. While processing the vehicle, officers discovered a ghost-gun type handgun on the floorboard, police said.

The suspect is has been identified as Patrick Harold Doherty, 25, of Oceanside. Doherty was booked into jail for attempted murder of a police officer, felony resisting, assault with a firearm on a police officer, and an outstanding arrest warrant for DUI.

The officer who fired his weapon has been employed by Carlsbad Police since August of 2022.

San Diego Police are handling the investigation.