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San Diego police fatally shoot robbery suspect in Stockton neighborhood

The shooting occurred as officers were investigating a report of a robbery carried out by a knife-wielding thief at a liquor store, according to police.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — San Diego police officers Monday were investigating the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect in the Stockton neighborhood.

It happened around 7:30 a.m. near a liquor store in the 3100 block of Imperial Avenue, near 32nd Street, according to the San Diego Police Department.

The shooting occurred as officers were investigating a report of a robbery carried out by a knife-wielding thief at a liquor store in the neighborhood just west of state Route 15, according to police.

The person who made the call to police said a man came into the liquor store with a knife and took an unknown amount of money from the cash register. 

Three officers said they found the suspect walking in an alley in the area and approached him, but the man allegedly reached into his jacket "despite orders not to" and produced a knife in one hand and what appeared to be a handgun in the other.

The man allegedly pointed the gun at the officers, and they shot him, according to the SDPD. The man was struck several times. 

Officers and San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel attempted life-saving measures, according to police, but the man died at the scene.  

The suspect's name had not been released as of Monday night but he was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s with a thin build and mustache wearing a jacket and jeans. 

No officers were injured.

Investigators were called to the scene and recovered a knife and a pellet gun from the man, according to police.

Two of the SDPD officers were assigned to the Neighborhood Policing Division and had more than five years experience on the force, while the third was assigned to the SDPD's Central Division with nearly seven years experience with the department, SDPD officials said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.