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Man With Rifle Prompts Officer-Involved Shooting in Bay Park

A man carrying a rifle and a knife, and suspected of battering his 80-year-old father, refused to surrender to San Diego police early Friday in a Bay Park neighborhood, leading to an officer-involved shooting.

San Diego Police Department (SDPD) officers were sent to a home on Arnott and Field streets south of Clairemont Drive Friday morning, for the third time this week, after a senior father asked for help in dealing with his 47-year-old son, Ken Bui.

Officers were about to knock on the front door of the reporting party's home at 8:20 a.m. when they heard what sounded like a BB gun coming from a detached garage. 

A man carrying what appeared to be a rifle and holstering a knife ran from the detached garage into a neighbor's yard. Investigators later determined the rifle was a replica firearm and the knife was a fixed blade. 

Officers formed a perimeter around the neighbor's home and attempted to negotiate a surrender verbally and used less-than-lethal bean bags. Bui refused to comply multiple times, SDPD Capt. Brian Ahearn said.

At one point, Bui exited from shrubbery and pointed the rifle at an officer on a perimeter position, Ahearn said.

That is when a seven-year veteran police officer fired two rounds from his handgun, SDPD Lt. Todd Griffin said. It's not known if the shots struck the Bui, who returned to the shrubs. 

A canine was unleashed and grabbed onto  Bui's leg. Officers moved in and tackled him, pulling him away from the rifle and the shrubs, Ahearn said. 

The man was taken into custody with what appeared to be an abrasion on his forehead. Officials have not determined what caused that injury.

Bui was booked into San Diego County jail on charges of elderly abuse and threatening a peace officer with a deadly weapon. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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