Man Shot by Police ID'd, Was Armed With Replica Gun

Alberto Hernandez, 59, was armed with a replica of a semi-automatic handgun when he pointed the weapon at SDPD police officers at an apartment complex in San Ysidro on Sept. 28, 2015

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) released the name Friday of a local man shot and killed by police earlier this week after he pointed a replica handgun at officers at an apartment complex in San Ysidro.

Police say San Diego resident Alberto Hernandez, 59, was critically shot in a confrontation with three SDPD officers on Sept. 28 – Officer Jeffrey McCoy, Officer Jonathan Wells and Officer Brandon Lull. McCoy has been with the department for 18 months while Wells and Lull are each one-year veterans, SDPD officials said.

On Sept. 28, at 1:15 a.m., the SDPD officers went to an apartment in the 1100 block of West San Ysidro Boulevard after a man called 911 and said he wanted to shoot a woman. After the statement, the man quickly hung up.

When officers arrived at a second-story apartment unit, Hernandez answered the door, armed with what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun. Police said the suspect pointed the weapon at officers before slamming the door shut.

As a precaution, the officers began evacuating residents of neighboring apartments. Just then, according to police, Hernandez exited the apartment – still armed – and walked down the stairs towards the officers, allegedly pointing the gun at them.

The SDPD said Hernandez was ordered several times to drop the weapon, but he refused.

The three officers, fearing for their safety and the safety of other residents, discharged their service weapons, striking Hernandez with multiple rounds. The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he ultimately died from wounds suffered in the officer-involved shooting.

None of the officers were injured.

Investigators recovered the suspect’s weapon and found it was a replica of a semi-automatic handgun, the SDPD confirmed.

The investigation is ongoing.

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