By Gina Yarbrough
San Diego, CA–An officer-involved shooting is under investigation following a fatal shooting of a suicidal man in San Diego on Thursday, authorities said.
San Diego police officers were dispatched around 1 p.m. to the 4200 block of Central Avenue for a report of a man holding a handgun to his head.
Officers arrived and the man fled northbound through the alley behind 42nd Street. Officers confronted the man and he asked them to shoot him. The man again fled from officers on foot, northbound through the alley. Additional officers confronted the man on a driveway of a residence in the 4200 block of 42nd Street. He failed to comply with instructions prompting officers to deploy less lethal bean bag rounds. The bean bag rounds made contact and the man fell to the ground. As he got up, he was armed with a handgun which prompted three officers to discharge their service weapons. The man was struck and fell to the ground where he died of his injuries, despite lifesaving efforts by paramedics, Sheriff’s Department Lt. Kevin Ralph stated in a news release.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is coordinating investigative efforts with the Department of Justice. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident, according to authorities.
The man’s identity has not been released pending notification of family members.
No officers were injured in the incident.