A La Mesa police officer shot and wounded a man this morning while responding to a call of a knife-wielding suspect who was reportedly chasing a 13-year-old girl.
The officer-involved shooting happened just before 9 a.m. near Fletcher Parkway and Amaya Drive, according to the La Mesa Police Department. La Mesa officers closed that intersection while the California Highway Patrol closed both northbound and southbound offramps from state Route 125 to Fletcher Parkway.
According to multiple media reports, a 13-year-old girl called 911 to report a man chasing her with at least one knife. When officers arrived, the unidentified suspect allegedly refused commands to drop his weapon and made a move toward police, prompting an officer to fire.
The suspect was taken to a hospital, but a condition report was not immediately available.
The teenager was reportedly emotionally shaken but physically uninjured.
Drivers were asked to avoid the area of Fletcher Parkway and Amaya Drive for a period of time.
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