A suspect known to be armed and dangerous has died following an officer-involved shooting in San Diego's busy Pacific Beach neighborhood, San Diego Police confirmed.
The incident happened on Ingraham Street and Thomas Street at approximately 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, SDPD said. Police tweeted asking the public to stay out of the area as they investigate.
The 1600 block of Thomas Street and the 4300 block of Jewel Street was closed off as police investigated.
Witnesses in the area say they saw an officer running through the neighborhood, in and out of alleys.
An SDPD officer recognized the suspect before he fled. The suspect got away after officers released a police dog. Officers ran after the man on foot. After losing sight of the man, officers found the him hiding in a shed between two apartment buildings on the 1600 block of Thomas Avenue. Offficers set up a perimeter around the shed but the suspect ran away and jumped a fence after a police dog bit him.
The man climbed on top of a neighboring apartment building and turned towards the K-9 officer while reaching into his pocket. The man failed to comply after several orders from police to show his hands. Based on the information that the man was armed and dangerous, the K-9 officer believed the man was pulling a weapon from his pocket. The officer feared for his safety and the safety of the public, which prompted him to fire shots striking the man in the torso.
Medics were requested for one patient. The suspect was pronounced dead on scene. Police said no officers were injuried during this incident.
Police have identified the suspect but are not releasing his named until his family is notified. Police said he was a wanted felon in Missouri for undisclosed financial crimes and theft out of Ray County.
It is unclear whether officers had their body cameras on during the incident.
The officer involved in the incident has been with San Diego Police Department for 19 years.
Refresh this page for updates on this breaking news story.