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San Diego sheriff's sergeant fatally shoots homicide suspect in Borrego Springs

April 13, 2011 |  6:25 pm

A San Diego County sheriff's sergeant shot and killed a homicide suspect in the desert community of Borrego Springs as the man appeared to be reaching for a gun, the Sheriff's Department said.

The incident started Wednesday morning when sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a stabbing on Borrego Springs Road. They found a 72-year-old man bleeding from stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the afternoon, a sergeant spotted a truck near Interstate 8 and Highway 79 that witnesses had linked to the stabbing. The sergeant approached the truck and noticed a man in the truck bed, the department said.

When the man appeared to be reaching for a gun, the sergeant opened fire, the department said. The man, later identified as Craig Petersen, 52, died at the scene.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego