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Incident with wrong-way bicyclist leads to El Cajon police shooting

January 18, 2013 |  2:40 pm

The incident that led to an officer-involved shooting Friday in El Cajon began when a police officer attempted to issue a citation to a man riding his bicycle in the wrong direction, authorities said.

The bicycle rider refused to stop and instead rode into a used car lot, police said. During an altercation between the man and the officer, the man "kept reaching into the waistband of his pants," according to a statement issued by El Cajon police.

Believing the man was reaching for a weapon, the officer fired several shots, hitting the man at least once, police said. The man, described as a transient, was taken to a hospital with a wound not thought to be life-threatening.

"The crime scene has not yet been searched by investigators to determine what the suspect was reaching for in his pants," the police statement said.

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