SAN DIEGO – A motorcyclist was wounded by the gunfire of a San Diego police officer Tuesday in the City Heights area after authorities say he fired a weapon at police during a pursuit.
San Diego police said two officers attempted to pull the man over for undisclosed reasons shortly before 6 p.m. The man, who was not publicly identified, didn’t stop and instead led officers on a brief chase before ditching the motorcycle near the intersection of Rex Avenue and Shiloh Road in the Chollas Creek area of City Heights to continue on foot.
It is unclear what led to the shooting, but police say the fleeing man shot at officers during the chase. At that point, one police officer returned fire, striking the man at least once, San Diego police Capt. Rich Freedman said.
The man was arrested and was undergoing surgery in a local hospital after the shooting. His condition was not immediately known. No officers were shot in the incident, but one was treated for minor injuries, police say.
A neighbor told FOX 5 he was greeted by the sounds of sirens when he came home Tuesday evening.
“All of a sudden, I hear all of the sirens and what I thought was maybe a car misfiring or like metal clanging or something,” the neighbor said. “I didn’t think too much of it. All the sirens, a bunch of sirens and then it all died down. You hear that sort of thing all the time here so I didn’t think much of it.”
At least one officer, also not identified by the department, has been placed on administrative leave.
The investigation is being forward to the District Attorney’s office and the FBI. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also will be monitoring the investigation.