Officers Involved in Lincoln Park Shooting

By Lauren Steussy and Monica Garske
|  Sunday, Aug 26, 2012  |  Updated 10:53 AM PDT
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A police pursuit in Lincoln Park Saturday night ended in gunfire. A suspect allegedly pointed a gun at an officer and the officer shot at the suspect. NBC 7's Lea Sutton reports.

A police pursuit in Lincoln Park Saturday night ended in gunfire. A suspect allegedly pointed a gun at an officer and the officer shot at the suspect. NBC 7's Lea Sutton reports.

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Shots were fired during a police pursuit in Lincoln Park Saturday night, according to police.

The incident on Imperial Ave. and 50th St. happened at about 9:15 p.m. when officers and detectives working a joint detail to curb gang violence responded to a report of possible gang members standing near the north alley of 4900 Imperial Ave.

When officers arrived, suspect Angel Contreras, 20, ran south on 50th St. holding his waistband, police said.

An officer began pursuing Contreras and yelled for his to stop. The suspect continued to run, and the officer chased him through vehicle traffic on Imperial Ave., police said.

As Contreras ran into a dirt lot, he allegedly turned and pointed a hand gun toward the officer.

The officer then fired his service weapon at the suspect.

Contreras was not struck by the rounds and surrendered.

Police were able to detain the suspect who pointed the gun at them and confiscated the gun.

Contreras was arrested for alleged assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.

No one was injured, police said. The officer involved in the shooting is a four-year veteran of the department.

Imperial Ave. was shut down following the incident.

Contreras was booked into San Diego Central Jail. He’s scheduled to appear in court on August 29.

Ed. Note: In an earlier version of the story, police initially reported the suspect had fired at police. The SDPD later modified their statement, saying the suspect had pointed a gun at an officer, but the officer was not hit or hurt. It was also reported that three suspects were involved, however SDPD later confirmed only one suspect was involved in this incident.

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