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San Diego Police Officer Shoots, Kills Man Described As Armed Felon

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A 47-year-old man described as an armed and dangerous felon was shot and killed by a San Diego Police Department officer in Pacific Beach Wednesday.

The shooting occurred between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Thomas Avenue, San Diego Police Department Lt. Paul Rorrison said.

Rorrison said the suspect was recognized by police on patrol in the 1700 block of Garnet Avenue around 3 p.m. as being wanted for felony warrants in Missouri.

The suspect, who was believed armed with a handgun, took flight when the officers tried to contact him and was later found hiding in a shed between two apartment buildings, Rorrison said.

The suspect ran from the shed after a perimeter was established and was bitten by a police dog as he attempted to escape, Rorrison said.

The suspect then climbed onto a ledge in the adjoining apartment building and reached into his pockets as he turned toward the officer pursuing him.

The officer believed the suspect was reaching for a weapon and fired, striking the suspect in the torso, Rorrison said.

The suspect died at the scene, Rorrison said.

The officer was a 19-year veteran of the department, Rorrison said.

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