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San Diego police sergeant shoots burglary suspect outside pharmacy

January 26, 2011 | 10:45 am

A San Diego police sergeant Wednesday morning shot a 22-year-old burglary suspect after the suspect attempted to run away and then turned and pointed what proved to be a plastic gun at the sergeant,  police said.

The incident occured about 12:30 a.m. outside the CVS pharmacy in the Mira Mesa neighborhood. The sergeant, patrolling in the shopping center parking lot, saw two young men outside the pharmacy, police said.

One of the two entered the pharmacy. The sergeant attempted to question the second, suspecting that he and his partner might be casing vehicles in preparation for a burglary.

Instead of complying with a request for identification, the second suspect ran about 175 yards, then turned and charged the sergeant, brandishing an apparent weapon, police said. The sergeant fired one shot.

The suspect, identified as Robert McBride Jr., was taken to a trauma center with non-life-threatening wounds. He will be booked into county jail on charges of exhibiting an imitation firearm in a threatening manner and probation violation, according to Lt. Kevin Rooney. The other suspect's whereabouts are unknown but he is being sought, police said. 

The sergeant is a 21-year veteran of the San Diego Police Dept.

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--Tony Perry in San Diego

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