SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A 29-year-old man was hospitalized after he was shot by an officer outside the San Diego Harbor Police Headquarters Sunday afternoon.
San Diego Police Department officials said the incident happened around 1:30 p.m. when the suspect used the call box to ask for assistance and then got back in his car.
When a Harbor Police officer came out, the man who used the call box was sitting inside a gray Honda Civic. According to SDPD officials, the man "produced a handgun and pointed it at the officer."
The Harbor Police officer notified others that the man was in possession of a gun.
As other officers responded, the man continued to point the gun at them, SDPD officials said. the Harbor Police officer who initially responded "fired his service weapon multiple times" at the man. SDPD officials said, "A sergeant and a lieutenant who responded to assist also fired their service weapons. At that point, the male dropped the firearm and was taken into custody without further incident."
"He was taken into custody [and] immediate first aid was given. He was transported to a local hospital where he is being listed in critical condition," said SDPD Homicide Unit Capt. Freedman.
The suspect and officers involved in the incident were not identified.
No police officers were injured.
SDPD says it is standard protocol to put the officers involved on administrative leave. The officers were wearing body cameras.
Police aren't sure at this time what the suspect's motive was.
"I think just like anything else we're fact finders. We're trying to get to the bottom of it— What led this male here? Why he was armed with a firearm? All these questions will hopefully come out during the investigation," said Freedman.
ABC 10News found shell casings outside the front steps of the department, alongside dozens of evidence markers.
The SDPD Homicide Unit is investigating.