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San Diego police shoot man carrying military rifle

October 14, 2012 |  3:09 pm

A San Diego police officer shot a man described by police as wearing a tactical vest and carrying a gas mask, handgun and military-style assault rifle.

The shooting occurred after police responded to a call about 3 a.m. Sunday concerning a man prowling the corridor of an apartment building near downtown San Diego. As police opened a door leading to the building's garage, they were confronted by a man carrying a rifle, according to Lt. Jorge Duran.

"Fearing he was about to be shot, the officer closest to the suspect fired two rounds," Duran said.

The man, whose name and age were not released, was struck in the chest and arm. He fled into a stairwell, surrendered an hour later and was taken to a hospital.

The officer was described as an 18-year veteran of the Police Department.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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