Man shot to death was reaching for gun, cops say
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — An officer shot a man who allegedly went for a gun Monday during a confrontation outside a yacht-sales office at Oceanside Harbor.
The patrolman opened fire three times about 9:15 a.m. while responding to a complaint about someone sleeping on a bench in front of the business, according to police.
The shooting occurred after the man ignored orders to show his hands and reached for a pistol he was carrying, Lt. Leonard Cosby said.
“The suspect disregarded the commands and made a move for the gun and that’s what the shots were fired,” Cosby said.
David Kooistra said he alerted police to a man who appeared to be passed out on a bench outside a store front.
“I when I got to my stairs that’s when I heard the pop-pop-pop!” said Kooistra.
“I heard a couple gunshots then heard a couple more,” said Paul Garrigan, who was in the yacht club restroom. “I was afraid to come out of the bathroom, because I didn’t want to walk into the middle of a gun battle.”
Medics airlifted the wounded man to Scripps Hospital in a La Jolla where he later died of his injuries, a dispatcher told Fox5.
Police withheld the man’s identify Monday, but said he was a known gang member in San Pedro.
The officer involved in the shooting was placed on paid administrative leave pending investigation.