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More details released about Encinitas shooting

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - On Monday, authorities released the name of an Olivenhain man who was killed outside his home when he allegedly raised a long-barreled gun toward a deputy, prompting the lawman to open fire in self-defense.

Gary Kendrick, 56, died Friday morning in an open grassy area near his house in the 2000 block of Shadytree Lane in eastern Encinitas, according to sheriff's officials.

The events that led to the deadly confrontation began shortly before 9:30 a.m., when someone dialed 911 from Kendrick's house, then hung up without saying anything, according to sheriff's officials.

Deputies went to the neighborhood, where Kendrick's wife approached them outside her residence and informed them that her husband was suicidal and armed with a shotgun, Lt. John Maryon told reporters. They found Kendrick in a nearby clearing, where he was sitting on the ground with his gun pointed at himself, officials said.

Kendrick ignored repeated orders to drop the weapon and told one of the patrolmen to shoot him, then allegedly began to raise the shotgun in the direction Deputy Steven Block, who fired several rounds from his service AR-15 rifle in fear for his own safety, according to Maryon.

Kendrick fell to the ground, then once more tried to point the shotgun at the Block, who opened fire a second time, killing him.

Witnesses described hearing a total of four shots. A stray round hit a home but caused no injuries, Maryon said. Kendrick was believed to have fired his gun.

Deputies had been called out to the Kendricks' house earlier in the week and had been apprised that there was " a history of weapons" there, Maryon said. Neighbors told news crews the couple had been having serious marital problems recently.

Block has been employed by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for less than five years, the lieutenant said.

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