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SAN DIEGO — A parolee shot by police when he walked rapidly toward an officer armed with a pair of scissors pleaded Thursday to assault with a deadly weapon.

Scissors CrimePaul Aaron Brinkman, 37, faces up to six years in state prison when he is sentenced Jan. 21.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said Brinkman, who had recently been released from prison, stabbed a man in an arm in Pacific Beach early on Sept. 21.

That afternoon, Brinkman lunged at another man outside a hair salon on Garnet Avenue near Everts Street. The other person, who believed his assailant was armed with a knife, jumped back to avoid being stabbed, ran off and called police, Runyon said.

Runyon said others who saw the attack flagged down a police officer, who responded and called for back-up. Brinkman was rambling when he was caught, he said.

“As the defendant got approximately 15 feet from the officer, ignoring the officer’s repeated demands to put the knife down, the officer shot him once in the stomach area,” Runyon said at Brinkman’s arraignment.

The prosecutor said the “knife” turned out to be scissors that had been altered.

Brinkman pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

He was convicted in 2007 of an assault on a police officer in San Diego County, Runyon said.

SAN DIEGO — A ex-con shot by police in Pacific Beach as he allegedly rushed toward officers with a pair of scissors pleaded not guilty Thursday to three assault charges.

Paul Aaron Brinkman, 37, made his initial court appearance after being released from a hospital, where he was treated for his wound.

arraignmentDeputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said Brinkman, recently released from prison, stabbed a man in an arm in Pacific Beach early Saturday.

That afternoon, Brinkman lunged at another man outside a hair salon on Garnet Avenue near Dawes Street. The other person, who believed his assailant was armed with a knife, jumped back to avoid being stabbed, ran off and called police, Runyon said.

Runyon said others who saw the attack flagged down a police officer, who responded and called for back-up. Brinkman was rambling when he was caught, he said.

“As the defendant got approximately 15 feet from the officer, ignoring the officer’s repeated demands to put the knife down, the officer shot him once in the stomach area,” Runyon said.

The prosecutor said the “knife” turned out to be scissors that had been altered.

Brinkman is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. He faces eight years and four months in prison, if convicted.

Brinkman was convicted in 2007 of an assault on a police officer in San Diego County, had convictions for resisting officers and, while in custody, tossing urine at others, Runyon said.

Judge David Szumowski ordered Brinkman held on $500,000 bail and scheduled a readiness conference for Oct. 7.

The name of San Diego police officer who shot Brinkman was being withheld. He has been with the department for six years, according to Lt. Jorge Duran.

SAN DIEGO – A hospital arraignment was postponed Wednesday for the suspect in Saturday’s officer-involved shooting in Pacific Beach.

Paul Brinkman, 37, was scheduled to be arraigned from his hospital bed at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. The defense argued the suspect was too heavily medicated for the arraignment to take place and Judge Amalia Meza agreed.

suspectOfficials said Brinkman will be released from the hospital and into custody sometime before Thursday afternoon. His felony arraignment is now scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse downtown.

Brinkman was shot by a police officer because he allegedly rushed towards the cop with a pair of scissors.

The events that led to the shooting began about 3:45 p.m. Saturday when two people flagged down a police officer and pointed out a man walking on Garnet Avenue near Dawes Street in Pacific Beach. They said the man had been chasing another man with what appeared to be a knife, according to San Diego police Lt. Jorge Duran.

The officer called for help while the suspect approached. The suspect then made eye contact with the officer and drew a silver metal object from inside his clothing, Duran said.

The officer ordered the suspect to drop the object and get on the ground. Instead he allegedly advanced toward the officer with the object in his hand, Duran said.

The officer fired one round from his gun, which struck the suspect, Duran said. The suspect fell to the ground and dropped the object — a pair of silver scissors, according to the lieutenant.

A witness captured the events on a cell phone video and you can hear officers ordering the suspect to put his hands up prior to the shooting.

The suspect was taken to Scripps Memorial to be treated for the gunshot wound.

The officer involved in the shooting had been with the San Diego Police Department for six years, according to Duran. His name was not released.

Pacific Beach Officer involved shootingSAN DIEGO — A man was shot by a police officer in Pacific Beach because he allegedly rushed towards the cop with a pair of scissors, and he remained hospitalized Sunday, police said.

The events that led to the officer-involved-shooting began about 3:45 p.m. Saturday when two people flagged down a police officer and pointed out a man walking on Garnet Avenue near Dawes Street in Pacific Beach. They said the man had been chasing another man with what appeared to be a knife, according to San Diego police Lt. Jorge Duran.

The officer called for help while the suspect approached. The suspect then made eye contact with the officer and drew a silver metal object from inside his clothing, Duran said.

The officer ordered the suspect to drop the object and get on the ground, however he allegedly advanced toward the officer with the object in his hand, Duran said.

The officer fired one round from his gun, which struck the suspect, Duran said. The suspect fell to the ground and dropped the object — a pair of silver scissors, according to the lieutenant.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to a hospital to be treated for the gunshot wound, which was not believed to be life-threatening, Duran said.

The officer involved in the shooting had been with the San Diego Police Department for six years, according to Duran. His name was not released.

SAN DIEGO  – A person was shot by a police officer Saturday in Pacific Beach, San Diego police said.

pb shooingPolice officers were investigating a report of a suspect exhibiting a weapon in a threatening manner about 3:45 p.m. in the vicinity of Everts Street and Garnet Avenue, according to police officials.

Arriving officers engaged the suspect, and an officer fired at least one round, according to San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer.

The suspect was struck in his torso, he said.

The San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit was dispatched to investigate, as is standard in officer-involved-shooting incidents.

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