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SAN DIEGO – A San Diego police officer opened fire on a suspect Thursday in the Bay Terraces neighborhood, but the man was apprehended with only minor injuries, San Diego County’s sheriff’s investigators said.

Just before 7:30 p.m., officers responded to a radio call of a sexual assault in progress at a unit in the Meadowbrook Apartments in the 300 block of South Meadowbrook Drive, sheriff’s Lt. Chris Steffen said. When officers got to the apartment, they made contact with 44-year-old Maurice Littlejohn, who Steffen said threatened officers with a cane and a knife.

That’s when an officer used a Taser on Littlejohn, but it had no impact. He then ran away, traveling through the complex on foot while officers chased him.

During the pursuit, Littlejohn reportedly reached into his waistband and took out an object that officers believed to be a firearm, Steffen said. It prompted one officer, who was not publicly identified, to fire between two to three rounds from his service weapon in Littlejohn’s direction. But he was not hit by the gunfire and continued to run, according to Steffen.

Soon thereafter, officers caught up to Littlejohn and arrested him at the intersection of South Meadowbrook Drive and Brookhaven Road.

Littlejohn suffered minor injuries in the incident and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. No police officers were injured as a result. He later was booked into San Diego Central Jail on multiple charges, including assault with an attempt to commit a felony, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and using violence to resist arrest.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting in accordance with new protocols announced this year that local law enforcement agencies will not investigate their own police shootings or in-custody deaths.

No further details were immediately available.