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Deputies shoot, kill tenant during eviction; replica handgun found

 

SAN DIEGO -- Sheriff's deputies serving an eviction notice shot and killed a man Friday in the Park West neighborhood near the southwestern edge of Balboa Park and later recovered a replica handgun from the suspect's apartment.

The 47-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, threatened to arm himself with a handgun when two deputies from the Court Services Bureau knocked on his door about 7:50 a.m. in the 2000 block of Second Avenue, between Grape and Hawthorne streets, San Diego police Lt. Mike Holden said.

"The deputies forced the security door open and as they were entering the apartment, the suspect threatened to get a firearm and shoot them," Holden said.

"As the deputies entered the apartment's living room, the suspect ran into his bedroom. He returned holding what the deputies believed was a semi- automatic handgun. As he moved the handgun in their direction, both deputies fired several rounds from their department issued handguns."

The suspect retreated to his bedroom, where deputies found he had been shot and began administering aid while calling for paramedics, Holden said.

The man, who had been alone in the apartment, was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the lieutenant.

A search of the suspect's apartment turned up a replica handgun that was either a BB air pistol or Airsoft-type pistol, he said.

Neither officer, one a seven-year veteran and the other a nine-year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, was injured, Holden said.

The shooting, which is being investigated by the San Diego Police Department's Homicide Unit, prompted the closure of Second Avenue and drivers were asked to avoid the area.

The sheriff's Court Services Bureau is responsible for providing security at San Diego County courthouses, but deputies in the bureau's civil division also are responsible for "restraining orders, evictions, wage garnishments, bank levies, summons, claims, real and personal property levies and sales," according to the sheriff's website.