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San Diego sheriff's sergeant fatally shoots homicide suspect in Borrego Springs

A San Diego County sheriff's sergeant shot and killed a homicide suspect in the desert community of Borrego Springs as the man appeared to be reaching for a gun, the Sheriff's Department said.

The incident started Wednesday morning when sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a stabbing on Borrego Springs Road. They found a 72-year-old man bleeding from stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the afternoon, a sergeant spotted a truck near Interstate 8 and Highway 79 that witnesses had linked to the stabbing. The sergeant approached the truck and noticed a man in the truck bed, the department said.

When the man appeared to be reaching for a gun, the sergeant opened fire, the department said. The man, later identified as Craig Petersen, 52, died at the scene.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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But was there a gun? Or was there, NOT a gun.

This is irresponsible reporting.

I hope they got their man.


Great job sergeant!

Another suicide by COP ,,It's too bad this individual has put such a burden on peace officer,to put him out of his misery,,,The worst part is that this officer is going to have to live with this for the rest of his life,,,,,,Why don't people just raise their hands and give up???? It's a tough thing for an officer to live with,,,,I am glad he made it home to his family,,,,,,,,


I cant believe this has happen,Craig Petersen was a man ive known for ovr 15 years.He was a handyman for my Grandparents and looked after them like the were family.He was at all of our family events n was considered part of our family.First let me say all of my family hearts goes out to this poor 77 year old man and his family.From what I know of this man gave Craig work when Craig needed money and this man would find things extra for him to do because he wanted to help Craig when he was down n out.No man at 77 should have to leave this world in such a terrible way.Our family is having a hard time mourning Craigs death because our hearts are breaking for this 77 year old man and his family.Im begging that you would do a drug test on Craig because it would help us understand why a man who helped the elderly would do this.In know way does this excuse what he has done but it would help us be able to understand he wasnt in his right man.How do you mourn a man you cared about that has done such a terrible thing n our family is so confused how to feel.Please i beg you to do a drug test on Craig.Our hearts are with both families and Craig was a good person so something went wrong either in his brain medically or with drugs.Sorry about the Grammer I have a learning disability n when i tried to spell check it deleted the first comment i wrote.Please feel free to correct my grammer.And once again our herats are breaking for both families. Derah Sternberger


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