Downtown San Diego

Officers Shoot Man in Downtown San Diego

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The San Diego Police Department has identified the man who was shot by police after he was suspected of a past robbery, and who police say pointed a gun at officers in downtown on Saturday.

Officers saw Leonardo Hurtado Ibarra, 25, at around 5:47 p.m. in the area of 1200 6th Avenue. He reportedly had distinctive tattoos on his face that matched a wanted poster for a June 21 robbery.

When they began approaching him, he walked away. The officers ordered Ibarra to stop and as he was walking, he dropped the items he was carrying in his hands and began to reach into his waistband. He then turned towards the officer on the street and pointed a gun directly at the officer, SDPD Lt. Matt Dobbs said.

Both officers then shot at him, hitting him at least once.

He was taken to a local hospital for surgery. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, police said he remains in the intensive care unit with life-threatening injuries.

Ibarra's family told NBC 7 he was brain dead with a small chance of survival on Sunday evening. They also claimed Ibarra was shot 11 times, at least once in the head.

Capt. Richard Freedman with the SDPD Homicide Unit addresses the Saturday shooting of a man suspected of a past robbery.

A gun was recovered in the area, according to police. In police-provided images, the revolver appeared to be wrapped in camouflage fabric.

"It is not known at this time if the man fired at the officers," said SDPD Capt. Richard Freedman with the Homicide Unit.

The SDPD Homicide Unit and the FBI were investigating the incident.

A review will be done by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office to determine if the officers bear any criminal liability for their actions. The Community Review Board on Police Practices will also conduct a review of the incident and provide any appropriate recommendations.

No officers were reported injured.

The officers involved will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation. Their names are not being released at this time, Freedman said.

Regarding the alleged robbery, Freedman said more details would be released but preliminary information indicated a suspect struck someone and stole some property.

Amid recent protests for racial equality and police reform, some people gathered near the investigation as part of a demonstration. At 9:30 p.m., about 100 people had gathered on B Street.

As tempers flared, the windows of a police car were vandalized.

Police say they fired at the man after he pointed a gun at them. NBC 7's Niala Charles has more.

WARNING: The following video may contain strong language.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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