FALLBROOK, Calif. — A man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after he was shot by a deputy responding to a domestic disturbance call in North County, San Diego police said.
The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Friday morning on the the 4900 block of White Lilac Road in Fallbrook. SDPD said a call came in to the Sheriff’s Office from a woman who reported that her husband was “despondent and threatening suicide.”
According to the SDPD, the woman also told deputies on the phone that she had hid a firearm that her her husband had threatened to use to commit suicide.
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Deputies were dispatched to the residence, remaining on the phone with the woman. While on route, SDPD said the woman reported that two children — ages 5 and 9 — were in the residence and that her husband had locked himself in a bedroom with another firearm.
After deputies arrived, the woman confirmed to law enforcement that her husband had access to a rifle and a handgun. When the deputies were “in the process of gathering information,” the husband confronted law enforcement outside with a scoped rifle, according to the department.
SDPD said that both of the responding deputies gave commands to the husband, however, he continued to advance prompting one to fire his department-issued rifle multiple times.
The husband, identified as 41-year-old Fallbrook resident Jorge Alberto Sandoval, was struck in his leg and lower body. According to law enforcement, he subsequently dropped the rifle.
Sandoval was transported to local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Lt. Steve Shebloski with the San Diego Police Department told FOX 5 early Friday that he is currently undergoing surgery. His condition is unknown at this time.
SDPD said that Sandoval was arrested on charges of Brandishing a Firearm in the Presence of a Peace Officer and Spousal Abuse.
The wife and two children were unharmed. No other injuries were reported in this incident and there is currently no threat to the public, according to police.
The SDPD Homicide Unit was called to the scene to conduct an investigation of the shooting, as the Countywide Memorandum of Understanding requires. Officials told FOX 5 that Highway 395 was slightly impacted during that time.
SDPD will be continuing the investigation regarding whether the deputy bears any criminal liability for their actions, according to the department. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit.