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Police Shoot Man In Downtown San Diego, Sparking Protest

A still of a surveillance camera video from a business released by the San Di...

Credit: San Diego Police Department

Above: A still of a surveillance camera video from a business released by the San Diego Police Department on June 27, 2020, showing a man pointing his arms at officers before police shot him.

San Diego police officers shot a 25-year-old man in downtown San Diego on Saturday evening.

Shortly after, more than a hundred protesters gathered at the corner of A Street and Sixth Avenue, many of them calling for accountability and transparency about the shooting.

The shooting happened around 5:50 p.m. near Sixth Avenue and B Street, San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said.

In a tweet, the San Diego Police Department wrote that the man pointed a gun and two officers fired their weapons. The man was struck by gunfire and taken to a local hospital. Police then tweeted a photo of a gun, wrapped in a cloth, which they say was recovered at the scene.

Another photo released by police showed a man pursued by two officers who had their guns drawn. The man had his arms extended.

Police say they approached the man because he fit the description of a robbery suspect.

Activist Tasha Williamson was among the protesters and said that the police department would need to move quickly and be as transparent as possible about the events that led to the shooting, including releasing body camera footage.

"Let us see exactly what happened, let us make sure that officers did exactly what we’re being told they are to do when they come into our communities looking for somebody who 'fits the description,'" Williamson told KPBS.

The officers handcuffed the man and provided first aid before paramedics took him to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery, police said. His condition was not released.

A protest is planned Sunday 11 a.m. downtown.

Listen to this story by Max Rivlin-Nadler.

City News Service contributed to this report

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