NewsLocal News

Actions

Officer involved in East Village shooting identified

KGTV-Default-Image_1280x720.png
Posted at 2:01 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 17:01:30-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The San Diego Police Department has identified the officer involved in an East Village shooting over the weekend as Andres Ruiz.

The department says Ruiz is assigned to the Canine Unit and has been with the department for more than 11 years.

The incident started just before 10 p.m. on May 23 at an apartment complex on Park Boulevard and Market Street.

Police were called to the complex following reports of a woman trowing objects from a window. When they arrived, officers found broken glass and furniture on the sidewalk below the unit.

RELATED: Woman hurt in officer-involved shooting in East Village

Authorities say the woman refused to listen and brandished a knife, continuing to throw objects from the window and refusing to come out of the building, prompting police to force their way into the building.

After the woman locked herself into the bathroom, police used verbal direction, chemical agents, and a police canine in an effort to take the woman into custody.

When officers made their way into the bathroom, the department says the woman grabbed and punched the canine and threatened officers with the knife.

“One officer fearing that he was going to be struck or stabbed with a knife, fired at least one round striking the female,” said Capt. Rich Freedman of the San Diego Police Department.

The woman was treated and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No officers were injured, but some people were hit by objects that were thrown out of the window.

The suspect has only been identified as a 26-year-old San Diego resident.