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Police: Officer shoots knife-wielding transient in Chula Vista after negotiations failed

Chula Vista police officers shot and injured a knife-wielding transient holding another man at knifepoint to his neck in an apartment complex.
Credit: OnScene.TV

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Chula Vista police officers shot a knife-wielding transient holding another man at knifepoint to his neck Saturday night.

Chula Vista police were called around 7:45 p.m. from several apartment complex residents in the 500 block of Moss Street who reported a disturbance, according to Lieutenant Rusty Rea with Chula Vista Police Department.

Callers informed dispatch that two transients were possibly huffing paint and trying to demand entry to one of the apartments, Lt. Rea said.

Officers arrived on the scene and discovered one of the transients was holding the other at knifepoint to the neck.

Lt. Rea said the situation escalated after attempted negotiations, and an officer had to shoot the knife-wielding suspect.

"...At that point, the officer fired his department-issued rifle at the suspect, striking him in the head," Lieutenant Jud Campbell with San Diego police said.

The San Diego County memorandum of understanding requires another local law enforcement agency to conduct officer-involved shooting investigations of other law enforcement departments.

Officers' investigations revealed the two transients were initially on the apartment complex property attempting to build a shelter for the night.

The suspect was transported to an area hospital to be treated for their gunshot wound. The suspect was not expected to survive their injuries, police said.

The victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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

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