Officers shoot armed man in South Bay canyon

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Update: Police later released further information about the shooting, including that the man's handgun turned out to be a replica firearm. More information here.

SAN DIEGO -- A 70-year-old man was rushed to the hospital after he was shot by police in a South Bay canyon area Thursday morning, San Diego Police Department confirmed.

The shooting happened around 6 a.m. at a homeless encampment in Otay Valley Regional park, off Beyer Way in Otay Mesa West. Two officers who were part of a homeless outreach team said they approached a man who was in a makeshift shelter and asked him to come out.

When the man came out, he was holding a handgun, and he refused to put it down when officers ordered him to, police said. Two officers opened fire, hitting the man at least once. The man was rushed to the hospital to undergo surgery for non-life-threatening wounds, according to SDPD.

Investigators later confirmed that both officers were wearing body cameras.

In the hours after the shooting, authorities shut down Beyer Way while investigators in SDPD trucks worked in the encampment area, which was down a dirt path. The main road had reopened to traffic by 9 a.m.

Officials said neither officers were hurt. Their names have not been released, but they have been for one and eight years, police said.

When the Homicide Unit completes their investigation, it will be reviewed by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

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