SAN DIEGO – A San Diego officer accidentally shot himself in the leg Sunday although pursuing a hit-and-run suspect who pointed a weapon at police and was sooner or later arrested on the roof of a parking structure close to the finish line of an annual marathon, authorities mentioned.
Officers fired at the lady but missed following she brandished the weapon at the parking facility in the city’s downtown at the edge of a plaza shared by City Hall, police Chief David Nisleit told reporters.
The suspect threw the weapon from the prime of the structure to the street beneath prior to becoming taken into custody, Nisleit mentioned. It was unclear what sort of weapon it was, but investigators have been hunting into regardless of whether it was a pellet gun that resembles the true issue, the chief mentioned.
Detectives have been investigating regardless of whether the lady was connected to a kidnapping in nearby Chula Vista, he mentioned. In that incident a man named police to report that he was tied up inside a residence but managed to escape.
Nisleit did not have specifics on the wounded officer’s situation or the situations of the accidental shooting. It wasn’t clear how numerous shots the officers fired at the lady, who did not shoot. The suspect wasn’t quickly identified.
In announcing the woman’s arrest, police mentioned the scene was safe and there was no threat to the region close to the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, which brought thousands of folks downtown along with a heavy police presence.
Runner Fabian Tabares, 49, completed the race for the second year in a row and then heard the news that an armed suspect was arrested only two blocks from the route.
“I am shocked to hear that but considering that I am slow, fortunately I was not impacted,” he mentioned, adding that it was a effectively-organized occasion and felt protected. “I will be back subsequent year to do it once again.”
The incident started shortly prior to 11 a.m. as a contact about a misdemeanor hit and run, officials mentioned. A quantity of streets have been closed as police responded to the parking structure.
The race was halted for about 10 minutes and rerouted, marathon officials mentioned.
Marathoner Beth Grew, 40, of Yuma, Arizona, mentioned she had no thought the race was delayed. “Oh my God. That is so scary,” she mentioned following finishing and understanding about the shooting.
Leilani Sandan and her 7-year-old son have been playing music from “Les Miserables” on their way to see the musical at the San Diego Civic Theater when they have been all of a sudden passed by a lot more than a dozen police automobiles, sirens blaring. The shooting had just occurred in the parking garage they have been headed to subsequent to the theater.
“It was crazy,” Sandan mentioned as she stood with hundreds of other ticketholders behind police tape. “It was like police, police, police, siren, siren, siren.”
She mentioned she was glad to hear the marathon runners have been OK. They have been later escorted into the theater with the other folks, who shuffled previous the yellow police tape.
Sara Wehr, 31, also was headed to the show with her household.
“It is a tiny nerve wracking that this just occurred not lengthy ago,” mentioned Wehr as she lined up for roll contact subsequent to the flashing police automobiles. “We’re protected, appropriate?”
The 26.two-mile (42.two-kilometer) marathon course weaves its way by way of the city and also consists of a half-marathon and a 5K run. Far more than 25,000 runners have been anticipated to participate.
Connected Press writers Elliot Spagat in San Diego and Christopher Weber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.