Cop shoots man in face in El Cajon

EL CAJON, Calif. — An El Cajon police officer shot an unarmed bicyclist in the face Friday when the man moved his hands toward his waist as if trying to pull out a weapon, authorities said.

The shooting happened shortly after 10 a.m. in the 1300 block of East Main Street near Walter Way.

The officer observed a bicycle rider make an illegal U-turn in front of the Best Car 4U used car lot, El Cajon police Lt. Tim Henton said. When the officer ordered the rider to stop, the rider looked at him and continued riding away, so the officer got out of his patrol car and chased after the man, Henton said.

The man finally stopped and as the officer approached, he moved his hands to his waist, Henton said. The officer ordered to man to remove his hand, and when he didn’t comply, he shot him, fearing for his life, Henton said.

The man was taken to a local trauma center and was expected to survive, Henton said.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending and internal department investigation of the shooting, Henton said.