San Diego County Sheriff's Department

Gunman Shoots Self in Tierrasanta After Pointing Gun at Officers

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department arrived on the scene and have taken over the investigation

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Officials are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at a Tierrasanta condominium complex after firefighters were called for reports of a structure fire.

Firefighters were called to a condominium at the 11200 block of Tierrasanta Boulevard around noon.

Firefighters arrived at the condominium and forcibly opened the front door. A man sitting on a couch inside the condo pointed a handgun at the firefighters, prompting them to immediately leave the building and call police, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO).

An SDPD officer became involved in a shooting with that same man around 1 p.m., officials said. The suspect walked out of his condo into the hall and began pointing a gun at SDPD officers. Three officers fired at the man and then he ran back into his condo, out his back patio and down a walkway behind the condominium complex, according to SDSO.

Officers then hear what sounded like a single gunshot outside. A sheriff's helicopter was flying overhead and saw the suspect lying motionless on the walkway, said the County Sheriff's Department. Officers approached the man and determined he was dead.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is investigating the incident.

Under the newly-instated protocol, an outside agency must investigate fatal shootings involving officers or sheriffs.

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