San Diego Police Department officers shot and killed an armed suspect after he ran from an attempted traffic stop in the Talmadge neighborhood Friday night.
Officers were responding to reports of a shooting near the Food 4 Less on University Avenue near 60th Street where the suspect had allegedly shot someone in the leg, and recognized a possible suspect vehicle, SDPD Officer John Buttle said.
They tried to pull the vehicle over on El Cajon Boulevard near 54th Street, and one passenger exited the vehicle with a gun, according to Buttle.
Officers ran after the armed man and after he disregarded several commands to stop and drop the weapon, they fired at him, SDPD Lt. Matt Dobbs said. Two SDPD officers discharged their service weapons and the man was struck at least once.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital but was later pronounced dead.
The gun the man was carrying was recovered at the scene as well as two additional guns found in the suspect's vehicle, Dobbs said.
Investigators from the San Diego Police Homicide Unit were called to the scene.
The investigators are in the process of collecting evidence from both scenes as well as interviewing the other suspects and witnesses.
Dobbs said it appears the suspects were involved in another shooting near Belmont Park. Investigators from Northern Division are investigating that incident.
The man has been identified but police are not releasing his name. He is described as a 22-year-old man.
The names of the officers involved in the shooting are not being released at this time, Dobbs said. Both officers have been with the department for about a year and are assigned to the Mid-City Division.
When the Homicide Unit completes its investigation, it will be reviewed by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office to determine if the officers bear any criminal liability for their actions. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office will also be monitoring the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
No other information was available.