Park Ranger Involved in Torrey Pines Shooting

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    A naked man was shot at by a Park Ranger Thursday afternoon after he displayed what appeared to be a knife and machete. (Published Friday, Dec 14, 2012)

    A California State Park Ranger was involved in a shooting at the Torrey Pines Reserve Thursday afternoon, officials said.

    Medics were called to the reserve off of North Torrey Pines Road at about 2:30 p.m., according to the San Diego Police Department. Lifeguards also joined officials at the scene.

    Park Ranger Shoots Naked Man

    [DGO] Park Ranger Shoots Naked Man
    A naked man was shot at by a Park Ranger Thursday afternoon after he displayed what appeared to be a knife and machete. (Published Friday, Dec 14, 2012)

    Park rangers were in the park following a report of a male subject being naked running through the park, said Cpt. Terry McManus with SDPD. Later in the afternoon, a park ranger was conducting a routine checkup of the foot trails when he came across a homeless encampment, including a tent.

    The ranger went inside the tent and found a man living in it, said McManus. The ranger talked to the man for 10 minutes and asked for identification. A second park ranger went to the scene, so the man and first ranger exited the tent to talk outside.

    Park Ranger Involved in Torrey Pines Shooting

    [DGO] Park Ranger Involved in Torrey Pines Shooting
    San Diego Police Capt. Terry McManus talks about the situation surrounding two park rangers and a homeless man being shot in Torrey Pines. (Published Thursday, Dec 13, 2012)

    The subject then went back into the tent and emerged holding a knife and possibly a machete, said McManus. He then advanced toward the officers in a threatening manner, prompting one of the rangers to fire his gun. The man was shot in the torso and fell to the ground.

    Rangers then called medics to the scene, and the suspect was arrested and transported to a local hospital.

    The suspect is undergoing surgery and has non-life threatening injuries, said McManus.

    It is unclear if the suspect is the same man who was seen naked earlier in the day.

    The reserve is located near the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Aerial images show the shooting took place near one of the reserve's trails. 

    More than a dozen law-enforcement vehicles lined up near the trail while police investigated.

    Police are looking for witnesses and the investigation is ongoing.

    Check back for updates on this story.