A 31-year-old man was shot three times by a San Diego police officer, allegedly as he attempted to run over the officer during an altercation Sunday night in Golden Hill.
Carlos Vasquez of San Diego was listed in serious condition Monday at Mercy Hospital with gunshot wounds to his face, chest and leg.
Officers were dispatched to 28th and B streets about 8 p.m. Sunday on a call that a man was threatenning people outside a market, police spokesman Bill Robinson said.
The officers spotted the man in his car, attempting to drive away. One of the officers ordered the man to stop, but the man instead turned his car toward the officer, Robinson said.
“This man drove at a police officer, who was standing in the parking lot,” Robinson said. “He was apparently trying to run over the officer. The officer drew his revolver and fired three rounds at the moving vehicle, striking the driver.”
The man drove off and was later stopped by other police officers. Vasquez was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was being held under guard at the hospital.
Police declined to release the name of the officer who fired the shots.