Man pleads guilty to pointing rifle at cops

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guiltySAN DIEGO — A man shot by police after pointing a rifle at an officer in North Park last year pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.

Timothy James Farrell, 56, will be sentenced to probation and a year in jail on July 24.

Police said Officer Frank Bigler opened fire on Farrell with a shotgun the night of Nov. 17 when the defendant pointed a rifle at him at Louisiana Street and University Avenue.

Farrell, who lives a short distance away, was shot in the upper body, according to police.

Bigler and other officers had gone to the neighborhood shortly after 7:30 p.m. to investigate reports that a seemingly enraged man was firing a gun into the air and shouting at people to call the police.

Patrol officers arrived to find Farrell on the northeast corner of the intersection, clad in a camouflage jacket and clutching a .30-caliber bolt- action rifle. Farrell ignored repeated orders to drop the weapon, then leveled it at Bigler, prompting the officer to shoot him, police said.

It was unclear what prompted Farrell’s threatening actions, though he might have been trying to commit “suicide by cop,” according to SDPD Lt. Jorge Duran.

 

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