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San Diego police officer fatally shoots domestic violence suspect

June 4, 2012 |  3:36 pm

A San Diego police officer Monday shot and killed a man suspected of domestic violence who was resisting arrest and grabbing for the officer's gun, the Police Department said.

The 31-year-old suspect was attempting to grab the officer's gun as the officer was attempting to handcuff him after a scuffle, police said. The officer fired from a distance of about one foot, police said.

The incident in the Mira Mesa neighborhood began when a 27-year-old woman called police to say her husband had just kicked and punched her. 

The suspect fled on foot and, when caught by police, attempted to escape, police said. During the struggle, the officer's backup weapon fell from its holster and the suspect attempted to grab it before the officer was able to push it away, police said. As the officer attempted to handcuff the suspect, he grabbed for the officer's primary weapon.

The man was declared dead at the scene.

No names were released. The officer is described as a three-year member of the department.


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