SAN YSIDRO–An man who threatened San Diego police officers with a handgun was fatally shot Monday morning in San Ysidro.
At 1:15 a.m., officers responded to a 911 hang-up call at an apartment in the 1100 block of W. San Ysidro Boulevard. A male caller stated he wanted to shoot a female, before the phone was disconnected.
Officers knocked on the second story apartment door and were confronted by a 59 year-old Hispanic male who answered the door armed with a handgun. The male pointed the handgun at officers before slamming the door shut.
As the officers began evacuations of neighboring apartments, the suspect exited the apartment armed with the handgun and began walking down the stairs towards the officers while pointing the handgun at them. The suspect was given several verbal commands to drop the weapon, but he refused to comply. Fearing for their safety and the safety of the public, three officers discharged their weapons striking the suspect.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced deceased. His weapon was recovered at the scene and was found to be a replica of a semi-automatic handgun.
A 59 year old Hispanic female was found unharmed in the apartment.
Two of the officers involved in this incident have been with the San Diego Police Department for 1 year. The third officer has been with the San Diego Police Department for 18 months.