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San Diego deputy shoots man acting erratically

May 20, 2012 |  9:49 pm

A San Diego County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man Sunday afternoon after he threatened officers with a large stick or broom, according to the Oceanside Police Department.

The shooting occurred near the boundary between Vista and Oceanside in northern San Diego County. Residents and clerks at a mini-market alerted Oceanside police about a man screaming incoherently and throwing rocks at the market, breaking a window of the store and the windshield of a car, police said.

Police found the man about a mile from the market. He refused commands to surrender and advanced on the officers in a threatening manner, authorities said. A sheriff's deputy fired a single shot. The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff Bill Gore arrived within minutes of the shooting. The incident will be investigated by the district attorney's staff.


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