Gunman Wounded in Leg After Firing at Officer, Police Say

A 44-year-old Southeast San Diego man was shot in the leg by police Wednesday morning after firing a shot at an officer in San Ysidro, police spokesman Bill Robinson said.

San Diego police, responding to a 6 a.m. report of a possible burglary suspect armed with a handgun, were flagged down before they could reach their destination. They were told that a man had been seen on the overpass of Interstate 805 waving a gun, Robinson said.

Approaching the scene, Officer Mark Sullivan saw a man standing in the middle of the roadway at 100 W. Olive St., Robinson said.

Sullivan left the car, identified himself as a police officer and ordered the man to drop his weapon, Robinson said.

The suspect then ran to the sidewalk, turned and fired one shot from a revolver at Sullivan, Robinson said, whereupon Sullivan returned fire, striking the suspect once in the lower right leg.

Alejandro Garcia was taken by paramedics to UC San Diego Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition Wednesday, authorities said.

Sullivan was not injured.

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