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Woman hurt in officer-involved shooting in East Village

Posted at 6:03 AM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 12:59:58-04

EAST VILLAGE (KGTV) -- A woman was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in the East Village Saturday night.

San Diego police received numerous calls to an apartment complex on Market Street and Park Boulevard around 10 p.m. about a woman throwing objects out of a window. Officers arrived and found broken glass and furniture on the sidewalk below an apartment.

Officials say the woman refused to listen to police and brandished a knife while out the window, continuing to throw objects. The woman refused to come out of the building, prompting police to force their way into the apartment.

The woman locked herself in the bathroom, police say. Police used verbal directions, chemical agents, and a police canine to attempt to get the woman into custody, but the woman continued to refuse.

The woman grabbed and punched the police canine. When officers made their way into the bathroom, police say she threatened them with a 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 at the scene and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening gunshot injuries. The officers were not injured, although some people were hit by objects being thrown out of the window.

The woman has not been identified, but she is a 26-year-old resident of San Diego, according to SDPD.

The name of the officer involved in the shooting was not released, be he has been with the department for more than 11 years, police said.