Police Use Force to End Headquarters Standoff

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    NBC San Diego
    Mark Brown, 61, was transported to a hospital after a police standoff in front of San Diego Police Department headquarters March 25, 2011.

    Police shot a knife-wielding man multiple times with non-lethal weapons Friday before subduing him with a police dog, ending a standoff outside San Diego Police Department downtown headquarters that lasted over two hours and forced a headquarters lockdown.

    Beginning at about 10:45 a.m., Mark Brown, 61, allegedly waved a knife in the air and threatened police while using obscene language and gestures outside 1401 Broadway.

    Police Use Force to End Headquarters Standoff

    [DGO] Police Use Force to End Headquarters Standoff
    The standoff lasted over two hours. (Published Friday, Mar 25, 2011)

    Close to 20 police officers surrounded Brown and repeatedly asked him to drop the weapon.

    At about 1:15 p.m., officers fired a 40 mm rubber bullet from about 30-foot range that struck Brown's chest. They then fired about three shotgun bean bags.

    When Brown did not drop the knife, a police dog charged Brown and latched onto his arm, forcing him to drop the knife to end the standoff.

    Brown was transported to a nearby hospital and will be taken to jail upon release, police said.

    Neighbors said Brown tends to walk around the headquarters and curse at police officers.

    Police confirmed and said Brown is on a "stay away" list, which makes being at or nearby the police headquarters a misdemeanor offense.