An off-duty San Diego sheriff's deputy was shot during a scuffle with an armed man in East Village early Monday morning, police said.
A civilian was also shot during the incident in the 500 block of Island Avenue, and both victims had non-life-threatening injuries. The man wielding the gun was not taken into custody.
The incident began when a group of off-duty deputies were confronted by the suspect, police said. The victim was shot after wrestling with the suspect when he saw him pull the gun.
Three shots were fired, hitting the civilian — it is unclear if the man was a bystander — in the arm and the deputy in the upper torso. The officer was taken to a hospital while the civilian was able to drive himself, while the suspect fled on 5th Avenue, according to police.
Police described the suspect as a black man in his 30s with shoulder-length dreadlocks.