Authorities identify man killed in PB officer involved shooting

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Authorities Friday released the names of the 47-year- old felon shot and killed by police in Pacific Beach and of the San Diego police sergeant who fired the fatal round.

Missouri resident Timothy Gene Smith, who was wanted on felony warrants, was fatally shot by 19-year San Diego Police Department veteran Sgt. Scott Holslag in the1600 block of Thomas Avenue Wednesday afternoon, San Diego police Lt. Paul Rorrison said.

The events that led to the shooting began shortly before 3 p.m. that day.

Rorrison said the suspect was recognized by officers patrolling on nearby Garnet Avenue as being wanted for felony warrants in Missouri. At the time, Smith was considered armed and dangerous.

Smith took flight when the officers tried to contact him, but was found hiding in a shed between two apartment buildings, Rorrison said. He was bitten by a police dog as he attempted to flee, then climbed onto a ledge in the adjoining apartment building.

Smith then turned toward Holslag, began riffling through his pockets and refused to comply with the sergeant’s demands for him to show his hands, according to the lieutenant.

Holslag believed the suspect was reaching for a weapon and fired, striking him in the torso, Rorrison said. Smith died at the scene. No weapon was recovered.

Later Wednesday, a 32-year-old woman claiming to be Smith’s wife barricaded herself in an apartment building in the 3900 block of Ingraham Street, prompting a standoff with SWAT officers.

The woman, identified in news reports as Janie Sanders, was later arrested. She was wanted on a warrant for drug possession in Missouri, CBS 8 reported.

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