The shooting occurred at a house in the 2000 block of Shadytree Lane at about 9:40 a.m., according to San Diego Sheriff’s Department.
Two deputies responded to the home after an incomplete 911 call was made by the man’s wife. When deputies arrived at the house, they said a woman was running outside, saying her suicidal husband was inside and armed with a shotgun.
Moments later, the man walked outside, armed with a shotgun and walked towards the deputies. One of the deputies fired at least four shots at the man. CPR was administered but the man died at the scene.
The incident is being investigated. At this time it is unclear whether the man pointed the shotgun at deputies.
“When your life is in danger, you’re going to go home to your family. Fortunately, we train a lot with our firearms, so we’re pretty good shots, but sometimes that target is moving and that type of thing and we aim to stop the threat,” said Lt. John Maryon with San Diego Sheriff’s Department Homicide Division.
Neighbors described the Village Park neighborhood as quiet and were rattled by the shooting.
“I heard four loud noises, which sounded like gunshots. I used to be a gun owner, so I know what that sounds like. It was really startling,” neighbor Mark Allyn said.
Another neighbor and close friend of the man shot by the deputy explained that the couple had been having marital problems.
He referred to the gunned-down man as Gary and said, “I knew this had something to do with Gary because, like I said, on my way here I got several phone calls from people on that street because everyone knows I’m good friends with him, but I had no idea he got blown away.”
The man’s identity has not yet been released by deputies and is pending a medical examiner’s report.