An apparent dispute over drugs led to a bizarre shooting early Saturday in which two San Diego men were killed, police said.
Three men wearing badges and uniforms similar to those worn by police narcotic officers during drug raids sledge-hammered their way into the apartment of 33-year-old Timothy Hanson, a self-employed investor, in the 4600 block of North Avenue in University Heights, police homicide Lt. John Welter said.
Shots were fired, leaving both Hanson and one of the assailants, 26-year-old Ernest Alexander of the 700 block of S. 37th Street in Southeast, dead at the scene, the county medical examiner's office said. Witnesses told police that they heard the men shouting "officers" as they barged into Hanson's apartment shortly after 1 a.m.
The two remaining suspects fled in a small gray car after firing at least one shot at a resident of the apartment complex who came outside to investigate the commotion.
The resident was not injured.