The man shot by a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy during an eviction Tuesday was seeing a psychiatrist for a mental illness according to a neighbor.
When deputies arrived to the apartment of Daryl Ray Cody, 30, Tuesday morning, they were trying to follow through on an eviction notice Cody had received three days prior, officials said.
San Diego police investigators said a deputy opened fire when he thought Cody was armed.
Sonie Britton lives about 10 units away from Cody in the apartment building where the shooting took place.
She said Cody was under a psychiatrist’s care and had what she described as severe mental problems.
“He suffer with PTSD,” she said. “He doesn’t coordinate very well. He doesn’t respond very well.”
Britton said she has known Cody for more than a year.
“I’m so sorry for him because he’s so sick with mental problems,” she said.
When deputies and the building manager knocked on Cody's door, he didn't answer, police said. They cracked open the door and asked Cody to come down from the top of a small loft.
When Cody didn't come down, one of the deputies climbed up the ladder to get him, officials said. That deputy thought he saw the barrel of a gun and shot Cody in the leg.
Police said Cody had refused to show his hands and moved in a way that made the deputy believe he had a gun.
Investigators have not said if Cody was armed.
Crews with San Diego Fire-Rescue were called to treat Cody and take him to a local hospital. After he is released, he will be booked into the San Diego County Jail, according to police.
The deputies were not injured.
The deputy who opened fire is assigned to downtown court services. Investigators said they would identify the deputy involved within 48 hours of the incident.