San Diego police homicide detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the El Cerrito neighborhood.
San Diego Police Department received a call around 7:47 p.m. Saturday regarding a possible assault with a deadly weapon at the 5800 block of Adelaide Avenue in El Cerrito.
The caller was a 70-year-old woman reporting that her 52-year-old nephew had thrown a brick at her. Two SDPD officers arrived on scene which resulted in the officer-involved shooting, Lt. Matt Dobbs from SDPD said.
The 52-year-old was stuck one time by gunfire, and despite lifesaving efforts by officers and Fire-Rescue personnel, he did not survive his injuries as was pronounced dead at the scene, Dobbs explained.
Witnesses said the 52-year-old man advanced on the officers while swinging a shovel, officers gave him orders to drop the weapon but he refused to cooperate. The man continued to advance prompting one officer to use a taser while the other used his service weapon, Dobbs said.
Ash Kadoh, a neighbor, said he heard the gunshots.
"Me and my friend were coming back from the gym and we heard like seven gun shots, one after the other, 'Boom, boom boom,'" Kadoh said.
The officer who shot his gun will be put on administrative leave pending the investigation, said Capt. Underwood from the SDPD Homicide Unit.
NBC 7 spoke with the brother of the victim, Anthony Carolino. He says he is shocked police used deadly force.
"I’m surprised because we have so many resources. We have a negotiation team, we have a baton, we have a taser. Why did they use the deadly force right away," Carolino said.
Carolino said his brother had mental issues but he was very kind. He said he hopes to get an independent investigation conducted into the death of his brother.
No one else was injured at the scene. The victim's name has not been released.
Officers closed Adelaide Avenue from 58th Street to Vale Way for a couple hours Saturday night.
The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information can call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
No other information was available.
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