Ranger shoots man at Torrey Pines State Reserve

SAN DIEGO — A park ranger shot a man who allegedly came at him Thursday with a machete at Torrey Pines State Reserve, authorities said.

The shooting off the 12200 block of Torrey Pines Park Road was reported about 2:15 p.m., according to San Diego police.

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A California State Park Ranger was responding to a call about a nude man acting irrationally when he came upon the suspect inside a camping tent in a brush area along a trail, the lieutenant said in a statement.

The ranger ordered the man to come out of the tent and show identification, prompting him to become verbally combative, Duran said.

The ranger called for backup and another ranger arrived a short time later. At some point, the man allegedly reached inside his tent and pulled out a machete, turning toward the rangers in a threatening manner.

“Fearing he was about to be assaulted, one of the rangers fired one round from his duty weapon striking the male in the torso,” Duran said. “The male dropped the machete and was taken into custody.”

Medics took the man to a local trauma center. Duran said the wound was not life-threatening and he was in stable condition. His name was not immediately released.

The ranger who fired his weapon is an eight-year veteran of the State Parks Department. San Diego police homicide detectives are investigating the shooting.