SDPD sergeant injured in 3-car crash while responding to call

SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego police sergeant was injured Thursday in a three-vehicle crash as he responded to reports of a man with a weapon near Cowles Mountain.

The sergeant reported the crash at 9:44 a.m. at Jackson and Golfcrest drives near the Mission Trails Golf Course, San Diego police public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said.

Traffic Sgt. Marc Stevens said that the sergeant was responding to the Cowles Mountain call when he drove through the intersection with his siren and lights activated.

A car coming from the north T-boned the police SUV in the intersection, Stevens said. The SUV then crashed into a third vehicle as it spun out of control.

The sergeant and one other driver involved in the crash were taken to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries, according to Stevens.

Meanwhile, administrators kept students and staff secured indoors at nearby Patrick Henry High School and Myron B. Green Elementary School as police searched for the man who reportedly had the outline of a gun under his shirt.

Officers found nobody with a gun in the area, however, and the lockdowns were lifted just before 11 a.m., Hernandez said.