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Navy officials: Man shot by security after driving past Naval Medical Center San Diego main gate

Posted at 6:13 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 16:19:25-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A man who drove past the main gate at Naval Medical Center San Diego on Monday evening was shot and injured during a confrontation with security officers.

Navy officials said the incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. at the Balboa Park-area hospital’s gate at Bob Wilson Drive, off Florida Drive.

According to officials, 18-year-old Eric Durand was driving a pickup truck and arrived at the gate. However, Durand did not stop when he was ordered to do so by a security officer.

Security barriers were initiated to stop the truck from going farther, prompting Durand to make a U-turn and stop at the gate.

Once stopped, Durand got out of the vehicle “in an agitated state, yelling at the security officer,” officials said. A dog then jumped out of Durand's truck and charged the officers.

In response, a security officer “fired one shot at the dog, which missed, grazing the civilian’s ankle,” Navy officials confirmed.

Durand was taken to the hospital with what was described as a non-life threatening injury.

San Diego Animal Control officers took custody of the dog, which was not hurt in the incident.

The main gate was closed for several hours for an investigation, but it was reopened at around 4:30 a.m.

According to Navy officials, Durand said he was "actually trying to get to San Diego Zoo, the road to which is one street away from the medical center's access gate."

Navy officials said Durand was issued a federal trespassing citation and was barred from Navy bases.