Arraignment postponed for man shot by cop

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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.

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