Camo-clad suspect shot by police

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SAN DIEGO – A man pointed a rifle at San Diego police officers and refused an order to drop the weapon, prompting an officer to shoot him, police said.

The man, whose name was not released, was hospitalized and awaiting charges, police officers said.

Police were dispatched at 7:36 p.m. Saturday to the area of Louisiana Street and University Avenue in North Park, to investigate several reports a man shooting a rifle in the street, Duran said.

Capt. Terry McManus told U-T San Diego the suspect was seen firing shots into the air and may have fired toward a pizzeria. One witness told U-T San Diego he saw the suspect exit a home on Louisiana Street, yell at him and then fire a shot.

Another witness said she heard two shots. Arriving officers saw the suspect wearing a camouflage jacket and holding a rifle on the northeast corner of the intersection. The officers called out the suspect several times to drop the rifle. The gunman did not comply and instead pointed the rifle in the direction of the officers, Duran said.

The man was shot by one of the officers.

Paramedics rushed the man to an area hospital, where he was expected to survive, Duran said. The officer who drew his service weapon was a 4-year veteran of the San Diego Police

Department, Duran said. His name was not immediately released.

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