Identity of man shot by police at Mission Bay released
SAN DIEGO – A 45-year-old man was receiving hospital care Thursday for a bullet wound he suffered in a police shooting that occurred as he allegedly waved a pistol around at people in Mission Bay Park.
Lance Tamayo of San Diego called police from the 2800 block of North Mission Bay Drive shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday and told dispatchers he intended to shoot himself, SDPD Sgt. Manuel Del Toro said.
Patrol personnel arrived to find Tamayo sitting in his car in a parking area near De Anza Cove. They contacted him by phone and spoke with him for about 15 minutes before he agreed to surrender. He got out of the vehicle, but soon returned to it and retrieved a loaded 9-mm pistol, the sergeant said.
Tamayo then “pointed his gun recklessly at various people in the park,” at a police helicopter circling overhead and at the nearby officers, prompting one of them to shoot him in the abdomen, Del Toro alleged.
The suspect fell to the ground, but his gun remained within reach and he continued failing to comply with the officers’ commands, Del Toro said. Finally, the personnel were able to subdue him with non-lethal rounds and take him into custody.
Tamayo remained hospitalized Thursday afternoon in critical but stable condition, Del Toro said.
The name of the nine-year SDPD veteran who shot the suspect has not been publicly disclosed.