Police Officers Kill Man in Clairemont

Woman said nephew threatened to stab her

By Joseph M.D. Young
|  Saturday, Mar 5, 2011  |  Updated 10:45 AM PDT
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Police Officers Kill Man in Clairemont

NBC San Diego

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A man was killed by San Diego police officers early Saturday morning in North Clairemont after they say he lunged at an officer with a kitchen knife.

The aunt of the suspect, 26, called police and reported her nephew threatened to stab her with a knife, and responding officers arrived at the 5000 block of Dawne Street at about 1:23 a.m., said Lt. Kevin Rooney of the San Diego Police Department.

Officers found the suspect beneath sheets inside a rear bedroom, and after asking him to vacate the room, he turned back the covers and revealed a large knife, according to a police report.

The suspect then reportedly lunged at an officer, and two officers fired an undisclosed number of shots.

The suspect died at the scene at 1:55 a.m. He had a 3-year-old child.

The officers who fired their weapons are described as 32-year and 16-year veterans of the department.

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