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San Diego

A knife-wielding man was shot in the buttocks by a police officer at a La Jolla condominium complex about 5 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.

Noel Gonzalez, 28, was in fair condition at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Gonzalez, described as a transient, was brandishing a knife and “acting bizarre” at a complex in the 9200 block of Towne Centre Drive, said police spokesman Bill Robinson. Residents had called police to report a man breaking windows in the complex.

Officer Charles M. Rice Jr. arrived and found Gonzalez in the parking lot of the complex. Rice ordered Gonzalez to put the knife down but he refused, Robinson said.

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The man raised the knife above his head and moved toward Rice in a threatening manner, Robinson said.

Rice fired twice from his .38 caliber service revolver, authorities said. Gonzalez was hit once in the left buttock, the hospital spokeswoman said.

The shooting is under investigation by the homicide unit, which reviews shootings by police officers. Rice, a three-year veteran of the department, will be assigned to administrative duties pending review of the shooting.


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