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CHP officers fatally shoot man on Coronado Bay Bridge

August 7, 2011 | 12:08 pm

San Diego police are investigating the fatal shooting by California Highway Patrol officers of a man on the Coronado Bay Bridge who said he wanted to commit suicide and threatened to shoot anyone who tried to help him, officials said Sunday.

The 54-year-old man  was pacing back and forth in the traffic lanes about 1:30 a.m. and yelling that he had a gun, said Lt. Ernie Herbert of the San Diego Police Department homicide squad.

When CHP officers tried to negotiate with the man to keep him from jumping off the bridge, "he suddenly reached into his pocket, quickly removing his hand as if he was producing the gun he had claimed to have," Herbert said.

Three officers opened fire. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity had not been released.

The officers have been members of the highway patrol for one to three years, according to authorities. The dead man's name was not released until family members are notified.


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Photo: Coronado Bay Bridge in San Diego. Credit: Los Angeles Times.