Suicidal man dies in shooting at Campo home

'CAMPO, Calif. - A 66-year-old suicidal Campo man was shot to death Sunday morning and sheriff's homicide detectives are trying to determine if it was self-inflicted or if a deputy killed him during a confrontation.

Deputies from the Sheriff's Campo office responded shortly before 11 a.m. to a 911 call from the home at the 2500 block of Gladiola Drive in which the caller said he was suicidal and he had a gun, according to homicide Lt. Kenneth Nelson.

"Deputies arrived a short time later and established a perimeter in front of the home," Nelson said. "Shortly after doing so, deputies heard at least one gunshot come from inside the home."

A few moments later, the man appeared at the front door and was holding a gun.

"There was a brief confrontation between the man and the deputies which culminated with one deputy firing a single round," Nelson said. "The male retreated back into the house. There was no further contact between responding deputies and the occupant of the home."

Deputies from the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Detail responded, entered the home and found the man dead from a gunshot wound.

Sheriff William Gore tweeted at 3:45 p.m. that there was no danger to the community as there were "no outstanding suspects." He also mentioned that none of his deputies were injured in the shooting.

"It is unclear at this time if the wound was self-inflicted or as a result of the earlier confrontation with deputies," Nelson said. "The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office will be conducting an autopsy and will determine the cause and manner of death."

Lt. Nelson told FOX 5 officer-involved shootings have been on the rise.

"Anytime an officer gets involved in one of these shootings there's definitely an emotional toll that takes not only on them, but their partners as well as their families," Lt. Nelson said. "Especially when you get in these situations where it may have been suicide by cop. We don't know at this point, but that takes even more of an emotional toll."

"We know several of the sheriff's local around here and a couple of them were visibly shaken so we know that that happens. You know, their reaction to what they have to do to protect the citizens there in the communities," Sean Wilson, a neighbor, said.

 

This story will be updated as details emerge.