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San Diego deputies shoot, kill shovel-wielding murder suspect

March 1, 2011 |  8:40 am

A murder suspect was shot and killed Monday night after advancing "in a rapid manner" on San Diego County sheriff's deputies while armed with a shovel, officials said.

The man ignored repeated demands to drop the shovel, according to the Sheriff's Department. He was declared dead at the scene in rural Alpine, east of San Diego.

Officials said the incident began when deputies responded about 6 p.m. to a call about an abandoned car with its flashing lights on. The murder suspect was found hiding in a nearby carport, officials said.

The dead man was described only as a suspect in a murder investigation begun earlier by San Diego police. On Monday afternoon, police had issued a bulletin about a 61-year-old man wanted in connection with the stabbing death of his 51-year-old wife, saying he was armed and dangerous.


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