Shootout between officer and driver ends in arrest near Convention Center
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was behind bars Tuesday on suspicion of firing shots at a San Diego Harbor Police officer near the San Diego Convention Center, but no one was injured in the exchange of gunfire, according to reports.
A bystander was struck in the backside by a stray bullet from the gun battle, but a glasses case in his back pocket stopped the bullet from injuring him, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The shooting happened about 7 p.m. Monday in front of the Convention Center on Harbor Drive, according to San Diego Harbor Police.
The officer had stopped the gunman’s Honda Accord after seeing it run a red light, then the officer walked to the car and made contact with the driver, a 29-year-old man, according to the Union-Tribune. The officer asked the man to get out of the car to undergo a sobriety test.
As the man got out of the car, he immediately pulled out a firearm and shot at the officer, who returned fire, according to the newspaper. The officer then backed up behind his vehicle and the gunman came out with his hands up a short time later.
The gunman’s name was not immediately available.
The shooting happened during a live news report by Fox5 reporter Jeff McAdam, who posted video on social media of the broadcast.
During the video, numerous gunshots can be heard before McAdam moves out of frame and the camera pans to a police cruiser stopped behind another vehicle.
A man in a long-sleeve shirt eventually appears to walk toward the cruiser with his hands raised.