La Jolla

San Diego police officer fatally shoots man in La Jolla

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is investigating the fatal shooting in accordance with the Countywide Memorandum of Understanding

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A San Diego police officer fatally shot a man who approached officers with a knife in the Bird Rock area of La Jolla, causing road closures for several hours following the altercation on Saturday morning.

The San Diego Police Department received multiple calls around 7 a.m. about a knife-wielding man causing a disturbance in the street at the 5400 block of La Jolla Boulevard, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

When officers arrived, they found a man in his 20s next to a vehicle that was stopped in the road. Officers began approaching the man, who walked toward them with the knife. Officers drew their weapons and commanded the man drop his knife, the department said.

An officer shot the man, according to the department. Officers immediately provided medical aid and paramedics took him to a hospital, where he later died. No officers were injured.

The officer who fired the fatal shot has been employed with SDPD for three years and is currently assigned to SDPD’s Northern Division.

The intersection of La Jolla Boulevard and Midway Street was closed in all directions for several hours following the incident due to the investigation, SDPD wrote on X (formerly known as twitter). By 3:30 p.m., roads were reopened.

According to the Countywide Memorandum of Understanding (which dictates protocol for investigating officer and deputy-involved shootings), the San Diego County sheriff's Office Homicide Unit was called to the scene to investigate the shooting.

At this early stage of the investigation, the motivation and circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation, the department says.

After the Sheriff's Homicide Unit completes its investigation, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office will review it and determine if the officers bear any criminal liability for their actions.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Unit at 858-285-6330 or after hours at 858-565-5200. You can remain anonymous by calling San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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