Man shot after pulling fake gun on police officer

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A probationer who allegedly pulled a replica handgun on a San Diego police officer was shot in the chest by that patrolman early Wednesday, police said.

The officer-involved shooting took place in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy at Camino Ruiz and Mira Mesa Boulevard shortly before 12:30 a.m., according to San Diego police Capt. Jim Collins.

The patrolman saw a suspicious vehicle parked away from the store and saw two men in their 20s, wearing all black clothing and hoods, walking away from the vehicle toward the store, Collins said. One of the men darted into the store, while the other ran from the officer.

The man who ran then allegedly turned around and pulled out a replica handgun. Believing the gun was real, the officer — a 21-year veteran of the SDPD — responded by firing his service weapon, wounding the suspect in the chest, according to published reports. The man was hospitalized in critical condition but was expected to survive.

He was identified as 22-year-old Robert McBride Jr.

The other suspect was found in the store and taken into custody for questioning.

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