OCEANSIDE — An officer fatally shot a man from San Pedro who allegedly reached for a gun in his waistband during a confrontation at Oceanside Harbor earlier this week.
At 9:10 a.m. on April 7, the Oceanside Police Department received a call to check a “sleeper” on a bench in the 1300 block of Harbor Drive North. At the same time, an Oceanside Police officer working in the area was asked by a resident to check on the same person, according to Lt. Leonard Cosby.
The officer approached the man and saw a handgun in his waistband. The person disobeyed the officer’s commands to keep his hands away from the weapon and get down on the ground, Cosby said.
The man then sat or stood up, and in the same motion, allegedly reached for the gun. The officer, fearing for his safety, fired his handgun, hitting the man three times.
The officer and additional law enforcement who soon arrived began lifesaving measures. The person was transported to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, where he died.
The identity of the man has been withheld pending notification of his next of kin. Cosby said the person is a documented gang member from the San Pedro area. The man’s 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene.
Cosby said a number of people witnessed the shooting.
The officer’s name has also yet to be released. The Oceanside Police Department is investigating the shooting and will release more details next week.