Police Shoot and Kill Man in South Bay

Three police officers in the Nestor area, outside of Imperial Beach, shot and killed a knife-wielding 42-year-old man.  It happened just before 11:00p.m. Sunday when the man was walking back and forth on the street and into traffic, said San Diego Police Lt. Anthony Dupree.

The U.S. Border Patrol first responded, and tried to get the man to drop the knife. Then San Diego Police responded. "Upon arrival at the location, the first officer located the male, who was being contacted by Border Patrol agents," Dupree said. 

"The Border Patrol agents were flagged down by a citizen regarding the male. The male had a knife in his hand and did not comply with commands to drop the knife." Additional San Diego police officers arrived at the scene and the officers as well the Border Patrol agents drew their weapons while repeatedly asking the man to drop the knife. They eventually used bean bags and tasers that were ineffective, he said, adding that additional commands to drop the knife were not heeded." The subject advanced on the officers with the knife pointed at them," he said. "Fearing for their safety, three officers fired their weapons at the male striking him numerous times." 

Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene and San Diego police homicide detectives were called to the scene and investigating the incident, he said.  The involved officers are a one-year veteran, a two-year veteran and a six-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, Dupree said.

Neighbors watched in shock as the scene unfolded, some saying that the man seemed "confused," while others say he was asking police to shoot him.  The man hasn't been identified yet, and the investigation into the shooting continues.

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