Police shoot man accused of drawing knife, threatening cop


UPDATE: Authorities released body camera video of the shooting, showing the man pull out and drop a knife as the officer opened fire. Watch the video and read a full update here.

Police initially said Wilson “drew a knife and threatened the officer,” but after further investigation, revised their report to say he “drew a knife which threatened the officer,” the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A San Diego Police officer shot and wounded a man who police said was walking around with a knife in downtown Thursday evening.

Pedestrians had been walking into the street to avoid him as he walked around the busy Gaslamp Quarter, and one of them eventually flagged officers down, according to a statement released by San Diego Police Department. They approached him as he sat amid “a good deal of debris” and eating from a bowl at the southeast corner of Third Avenue and G Street.

“While the officer was speaking with him, the male drew his knife and threatened the officer,” the statement alleged. Police say the officer instructed the man to put down the knife but he did not comply, and the officer shot him, striking him at least once.

Officers recovered the knife they said the man had been wielding, police said.

Police have not identified the officer who shot the man, except to say that he is a 26-year veteran of the department.

The man was transported to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition Friday morning. He was described only as 69 years old.

No officers or passersby were injured in the incident, which is under investigation by the department’s homicide unit.

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