A gunman threatened his elderly parents at their San Carlos home on Wednesday before police shot him and took him into custody, the San Diego Police Department confirmed.
The man was shot at least once at home on Bonnie View Drive, south of Wandermere Drive near Lake Murray, just after 4 p.m., SDPD Sgt. Clint Leisz said Wednesday afternoon.
At a briefing around 8pm, SDPD Captain Rich Freedman said the man, 60, had a loaded handgun and had threatened himself and his parents.
San Diego police fatally shot a man in a San Carlos home. Reporting by Rory Devine of NBC 7.
The man’s parents, who Captain Freedman said were in their late 80s to early 90s, called 911.
The police arrived and hatched a plan to arrest the man with less than lethal force before approaching the house, but as they moved in the man entered the garage and pointed his gun at agents, Freedman said.
At least one officer shot the man in the garage and then took him into custody. The man was transported to an area hospital and underwent surgery. He is now in critical condition, according to the SDPD.
Following the shooting, a BB gun was “recovered with the man”, police said.
Freedman could not confirm whether the San Diego Psychiatric Crisis Response Team (PERT) was called to the scene prior to the shooting. He also did not know if there had ever been any emergency calls involving the 60-year-old.
SkyRanger 7 flew over the scene and saw police vehicles surrounding the two-story house. What appeared to be blood could be seen in the driveway.
A neighbor told NBC 7 she thought she heard three gunshots.
“I thought I heard what sounded like 3, 3 shots, and again, that neighborhood, I just didn’t think about it because I didn’t think it was anything,” said said Joyce Muscat. “I’m so nosy I probably would have gone out to search, and then I saw the warning tape a little while ago. That’s what got me out.”
The sergeant’s name has not been released, police said Thursday. He, however, described him as a 14-year veteran of the force who was part of the K-9 unit.
The SDPD Homicide Unit is investigating the incident, which is standard protocol for non-fatal police shootings. Then the county district attorney’s office will review the department’s findings to see if the officer should face criminal liability. An internal affairs unit and a police practices commission will also investigate the matter. The FBI and the US Attorney’s Office will monitor the investigation.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293. Anonymous information can be provided by contacting CrimeStoppers at (888) 580-8477.