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San Diego officer shoots knife-wielding suspect, police say

July 15, 2011 |  6:39 am

A San Diego police officer shot and wounded a knife-wielding burglary suspect found crawling out of a dental office Thursday night, the Police Department said.

The officer, described only as a three-year veteran of the department, was among officers responding to a 10:12 p.m. call about a burglary in progress at a mid-city business complex.

A suspect was spotted crawling through broken glass, carrying property from a dental office, according to Lt. Ernie Herbert of the department's homicide unit. The suspect refused commands to stop "and advanced toward the officers with the knife raised," Herbert said.

One of the officers shot the suspect, who was taken to a hospital by paramedics. The suspect, who is expected to survive, was identified as between 25 and 30 years old.


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