Deputy shoots tenant during eviction

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SAN DIEGO — A sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man Tuesday morning while trying to evict him from an apartment in downtown San Diego, police said.

The shooting happened shortly after 7:30 a.m. when two San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve eviction papers at an apartment at 927 Sixth Ave., investigators said.

Deputy Shoots Downtown TenantThe deputies contacted the manager when they arrived at the building and then went to an apartment on the third floor, where a tenant who had been given notice was refusing to leave, according to police. The door to the apartment was partially opened, but when the deputies knocked, there was no answer. When they entered the apartment, they saw a man lying on the upper bunk of a bunk bed. They called the man’s name, but he did not respond, investigators said.

The deputies said they saw the barrel of a gun in the bed so they ordered the man to show his hands. When the man did not comply, one of the deputies shot him in the leg, investigators said.

“We do not have any information to suggest that the suspect fired on the deputies,” said Captain Terry McManus.

The tenant, 30-year-old Darryl Ray Cody was taken to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest for treatment.

Investigators said they had not found a weapon in the apartment as of 9:30 a.m., but they were waiting for a warrant so they could perform a more thorough search which continued throughout the day.

FOX 5 spoke to the businesses in the area.  Jenna Dettman is a buyer for Authentic Luxury Goods, she says the incident is concerning.

“Unbelievable! I don’t really think about this area in that way because we are in this shop but it happened right upstairs – so its kid of shocking.”

The identity of the two deputies have not yet been released but  FOX 5 has learned they were long time sheriff’s deputies assigned to the downtown court services unit.

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