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San Diego police shoot gun-waving man

San Diego police wound man who they say may have wanted to commit 'suicide by cop'

San Diego police Wednesday shot and wounded a gun-waving man who may have wanted to commit "suicide by cop."

The late-morning incident in the De Anza Cove Park area of Mission Bay occurred after police responded to a call about a man sitting in a car with a gun.

By the time police arrived, the man - barefoot and wearing a tank top and walking shorts - was outside his vehicle, pointing the gun in various directions, including at a police helicopter overhead.

He refused repeated orders to drop the weapon, police said.

When the man pointed the gun at police, an officer fired a single shot, striking the man in the stomach, police said. Despite being shot, the man was able to walk several steps before being ordered to the ground.

He was taken to the hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

The man was described only as 46 years old. The officer was described only as a nine-year veteran of the police department.

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