Escondido, CA–An officer-involved shooting is under investigation after an Escondido police officer confronted and shot a man carrying a metal pole in downtown Escondido.
On Wednesday, shortly after 7 a.m., Escondido Police Department Communications Center received a call from a reporting party advising that there was an adult white male subject hitting cars with a “metal pole” in the area of 2nd Ave and Broadway in Escondido. Officers arrived on the scene and contacted the man a short time later.
The man was armed with a large metal object when he was contacted by the first officer on scene. During the contact, one officer shot at the man striking him. Officers rendered first aid until Escondido Fire paramedics arrived on scene.
The man was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. His identity is not being released at this time pending family notifications.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office will be investigating the cause of death.
The events leading up to the officer-involved shooting and the actions of the man are currently under investigation.