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Man shot by cop near SeaWorld dies

SAN DIEGO — A man thought to have a gun was shot and killed by San Diego police Saturday, in an incident that snarled traffic in Mission Bay Park.

The chain of events that led to the fatal shooting began about 9:15 a.m. when patrol officers were called to the 1700 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard on a report a man was threatening to shoot another man, San Diego police Lt. Jorge Duran said. Witnesses saw the suspect get into a silver Volkswagen sedan and drive north toward the San Diego River bridge, he said.

Officer shoots, kills man near SeaWorldSan Diego police spotted and stopped the vehicle north of the bridge, where Sea World Drive changes into Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, according to Duran.

Officers called for the man to put his hands up, but he ignored their commands and walked to the car’s passenger side, reached between the seats and retrieved a brown and silver object, Duran said. The suspect then allegedly raised the object and pointed it at the officers, according to the lieutenant.

One of the officers, an 11-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, fired his weapon and hit the suspect, Duran said. Officers later located a gun in the suspect’s vehicle, he added.

The suspect was taken to a hospital and later died, Duran said. His name was withheld pending family notification.

Traffic heading between Ocean Beach and Mission Bay Park was temporarily blocked, with northbound traffic diverted east onto Interstate 8. Traffic heading towards Ocean Beach was diverted onto Sports Arena Boulevard.

The interchange where West Mission Bay Drive, Ingraham Street, Sea World Drive, Sports Arena Boulevard and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard was heavily congested. But patrons were able to access the Sea World parking lots from Sea World Drive, police said.

A SigAlert was issued but traffic was flowing freely shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

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25 Comments to “Man shot by cop near SeaWorld dies”

    ron said:
    June 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    So i guess he didnt point a gun at the cops did he? More jumpy cops killing because they think they saw something….sad

      Gloria said:
      June 1, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      I thought the same thing. Something doesn't add up here.

        dj9165 said:
        June 2, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        Guess you guys would wait around to see what he had in his hand fires or not.

          I.am.the.light said:
          April 8, 2014 at 6:50 PM

          Okay genius, what did he have??? you seem to be very informed about the outcome. Troll.

            guest said:
            April 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM

            Moron, your almost a year late commenting on this article. Guess you have all the answers going by your user name. Sarcasm intended. So you would have waited till the perp fired at you first, if indeed he had a weapon. Jackass!!

        I.am.the.light said:
        April 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        Exactly!!! sketchy as fuck!

        I.am.the.light said:
        April 8, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        The trolls have arrived. They're the one's clicking DISLIKE.

      guest said:
      June 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      “The suspect then allegedly raised the object and pointed it at the officers, according to the lieutenant.” If that’s not pointing Ron, then I don’t know what is. Besides cops are trained to shoot when they feel their lives are be threaten, not trained to plead and beg these criminals. The bastard had it coming he put himself in that position.

        Michael B said:
        October 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        I agree the guy didn't act smart. The article says he reached between the seats and retrieved a brown and silver object, but doesn't say what it was. Then it says officers later located a gun in the suspect’s vehicle. Either this is poor reporting, or the police got too excited too soon. Or the guy wanted to die and he fooled the police into shooting him.

          I.am.the.light said:
          April 8, 2014 at 6:55 PM

          Just because the "article" says, doesn't mean you should believe it. It's called DECEPTION.

        I.am.the.light said:
        April 8, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        That's BULLSHIT.

      gust said:
      June 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      “The suspect then allegedly raised the object and pointed it at the officers, according to the lieutenant.” If that’s not pointing Ron, then I don’t know what is. Besides cops are trained to shoot when they feel their lives are be threaten, not trained to plead and beg these criminals. The bastard had it coming he put himself in that position.

      Read more: http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/06/01/officer-involv

        guest said:
        December 27, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        I did read, as a matter fact I read couple times. what's your point??? You hate cops so much, but I bet if someone robs you in the middle of the night tonight the first thing you would do is get on the phone and call the cops.

          I.am.the.light said:
          April 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM

          STFU, you sound like a fracking PIG.

    Jesu said:
    June 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Just a bunch of cop haters that jump on the criminals side for no reason, sorry dude point something at a cop u most likely gonna get shot. I take that back, YOU WILL GET SHOT!!!

      Andy said:
      October 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      yes, because that badge gives them the right to shoot anyone. the badge also cures their inferiority complex and ptsd i hear..

      I.am.the.light said:
      April 8, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      @Jesu, Who the fuck are you to be criticizing people? Let them chose whatever side they please.

    Michael B said:
    October 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    This isn't news! Looks like it happened 5 months ago.

    ron said:
    November 13, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    shoot firs ask for evidense later? Maybe he was reaching for a coke? BS shooting.

      I.am.the.light said:
      April 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Exactly!!! these punks should be DISARMED. If they can't distinguish a tool from a weapon then they have no business being a cop.

    Just an Idiot said:
    December 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Why is it so hard for people to follow simple commands when stopped by a police officer… Watch an episode of cops… People act so stupid..!!!

    I.am.the.light said:
    April 8, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Who wouldn't? And your point is?

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