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Escondido police: Man holding crowbar shot by officer during traffic stop

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Posted at 6:34 AM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 17:09:47-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred during a traffic stop in Escondido early Friday morning.

The incident happened at around 3:45 a.m. on Broadway, near Washington Avenue, according to Escondido police.

Police said officers were initially called to a home in the 300 block of Park Avenue due to a reported restraining order violation. In the call, a woman said her former husband, 44-year-old Rosendo Sandoval Quezada was at her home and she identified his vehicle.

On Broadway, an officer spotted a white car being driven by Quezada and pulled him over.

According to police, Quezada "exited his vehicle holding a 3-foot long crow bar and ran toward the officer."

Police confirmed the situation prompted the officer to fire multiple shots. Quezada was struck in the abdomen, and he was transported to Palomar Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Police said the officer, who was not injured in the incident, is a 4-year veteran of the department. A lieutenant at the scene told 10News he believes this was the first time the officer was involved in a shooting. The officer was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

According to police, the officer’s body camera was active during the incident.

A stretch of Broadway at Washington Ave. was closed for several hours due to the probe.