A sheriff’s deputy opened fire on a suspect Friday night in Lemon Grove, officials confirmed.
The incident began around 10:15 p.m. at Palm Avenue just east of Skyline Drive after a deputy attempted to contact a subject who had reportedly taken a large amount of unknown pills.
When the deputy approached the subject – now identified as Raymond Douville – the subject tried to hide behind a parked car.
The deputy ordered Douville to show him his hands. Officials said Douville was holding a black object in his hand and told the deputy it was a gun.
The deputy drew his service gun and ordered Douville to drop his weapon. The subject did not comply and instead stood up from behind the parked car and allegedly took a shooting stance.
The deputy feared Douville was armed and dangerous and fired three rounds from his service weapon. None of the rounds struck Douville or anyone else, officials confirmed.
After the deputy fired, Douville held out his hand again and said he had a cell phone, not a gun. The deputy saw the lighted key pad on the phone and holstered his service weapon.
Douville began walking toward the deputy who ordered him to get on the ground, but the subject ignored orders. The deputy then deployed his taser at Douville, and he was taken into custody without further incident, officials said.
Douville complained of chest pain and was transported to Grossmont Hospital. He’s being held under guard until he is medically cleared and can be booked into jail.
The name of the deputy involved in the shooting has not been released.