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Man dies following officer-involved shooting in El Cerrito

Posted at 9:26 PM, Aug 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-25 10:43:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A man died Saturday night following an officer-involved shooting in El Cerrito.

Police say they received a call just before 8 p.m. from a 70-year-old woman who said her 52-year-old nephew attacked her with a brick at a home on the 5800 block of Adelaide Avenue.

Two officers responded to the scene and found the woman, who they say had been hit in the head and chest.

Officers found the man in the backyard of the home and tried to arrest him, but they say he struggled.

Witnesses say the suspect then picked up a shovel and started swinging at police. "He continued quickly advancing on the officers while swinging the shovel, prompting one officer to fire his Taser, while the second officer fired his service weapon," San Diego Police said in a news release.

The suspect was struck by gunfire at least once and died at the scene, police say. The man's identity isn't being released at this time.

The suspect’s aunt is expected to be okay and no officers were injured in the incident.

The department says one of the officers is a four-year veteran of the department while the other is a 16-year veteran.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the police at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.