Man dies in Encinitas deputy-involved shooting

North Coast Current

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a deputy-involved shooting March 27 that resulted in the death of an Encinitas man, authorities reported.

Deputies were sent to a Village Park home in the 2000 block of Shadytree Lane after an incomplete 911 call was made from the Encinitas residence shortly before 9:30 a.m., according to a Sheriff’s Department report. Dispatchers had advised deputies that there was a history of weapons at the home and that there had been a call for deputies earlier in the week, the report stated.

When authorities arrived, a neighbor near where the 911 call had been placed told deputies the 56-year-old man was in a grassy area near their location armed with a shotgun, according to the report. Deputies found the man in a seated position with the gun pointed at himself.

When a deputy ordered the man to drop the gun, he told the deputy to shoot him and pointed the gun at the deputy, authorities said. One deputy fired several times from an AR-15 rifle out of fear for his safety, according to the report. The man was hit and fell to the ground, and then tried to point the gun at the deputy a second time. The deputy shot the man again.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene after deputies and paramedics performed CPR, authorities said.

This incident will be investigated by the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail, the department reported.

The Sheriff’s Department asks anyone with information about the incident to call the Homicide Detail at 858-974-2321 or, after hours, 858-565-5200.