Officer kills man during struggle outside Point Loma hotel


San DIego police investigate a fatal shooting by a Harbor Patrol officer outside a Holiday Inn in Point Loma.

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SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego Harbor Police officer shot and killed a man who attempted to take his weapon and possibly zapped him with a stun gun outside a hotel in the Point Loma area, authorities said Wednesday.

San Diego police Lt. Paul Rorrison told reporters the suspect was causing a disturbance inside the lobby of the Holiday Inn on North Harbor Drive near Nimitz Boulevard and was thrown out about 30 minutes before the shooting Tuesday night.

A Harbor Police officer spotted the suspect looking into vehicles in the hotel's parking lot and approached him to ask what he was doing around 10:45 p.m. Rorrison said the suspect then attacked the officer and both fell to the ground. During the struggle, the man attempted to grab the officer's gun. The officer was shocked by his own stun gun in the scuffle, according to the lieutenant.

"During the struggle, the officer's Taser was deployed, striking both the officer and the suspect,'' Rorrison said. "The suspect continued to fight and attempted to take the officer's handgun from his holster.''

The officer struggle to his feet, but the man allegedly continued to assault him and try to take his weapon. Rorrison said the officer feared for his safety and that of the public, so he fired one round from his handgun, hitting the suspect in the torso.

Responding officers attempted to revive the suspect, but he died at the scene. His name was not immediately released.

The officer, a nine-year police veteran, whose name has yet to be made public, was taken to a hospital to be treated for moderate injuries, Rorrison said.

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