O'side Capt.'s Son Jailed, Faces Charges

Reginald Grigsby Junior, the son of an Oceanside police captain, is in jail facing charges of attempted murder for allegedly attacking his mother

The son of an Oceanside police captain is in jail, facing charges of attempted murder according to San Diego County Sheriff's deputies.

Reginald Grigsby Jr., 25, a former standout San Diego State University football player, attacked his own mother Saturday and was shot by his father, deputies said.

Grigsby came to the couple’s Fallbrook home just after midnight on Saturday. He got into an argument with his mother, Desirah Grigsby, and then turned violent, according to Lt. Dennis Brugos.

“The father came to the aid of his wife, however, he was unable to stop the attack,” he said.

Investigators say that’s when Capt. Reginald Grigsby allegedly shot his son and then called the Sheriff's Department to report the shooting.

News of the shooting came as a surprise to neighbors who say they didn't hear any gunshots.  In fact they only learned of the incident after investigators came knocking on their door early Saturday morning.

Grigsby Jr. was taken to Palomar Medical Center. His mother was taken to Fallbrook Hospital  -- she was later released. Investigators say the younger Grigsby has a history of mental problems.

According to the sheriff's website, Grigsby was booked into the Vista Detention facility Monday afternoon.

Capt. Grigsby is on administrative leave. The police department will await more information from the sheriff's investigation before making further personnel decisions about Grigsby, Poorman said. Grigsby is one of three Oceanside police captains who serve directly under the chief.

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