Police kill man who attacked police dog with machete

Police kill man who attacked police dog with machete

By Debbi Baker and Mike Freeman | U-T San Diego

SAN DIEGO — A 21-year-old man who wounded a police dog with a machete and then tried to attack officers was shot and killed by police in City Heights late Sunday night.

Authorities were called to a home on Menlo Avenue just south of University Avenue about 10:20 p.m. where they encountered the agitated man who was holding a knife and a stick, San Diego police acting Lt. Manuel Del Toro said.

He had threatened to kill family members with the knife, Del Toro said. He then retrieved a machete from the home and said he was going to kill officers and refused to comply with their commands, said Del Toro.

Police tried to subdue him with a Taser and police dogs but were unsuccessful. He hit and wounded one dog with the machete and then swung it at an officer, Del Toro said, Two other officers then opened fire on the man who suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene.

The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital where it was being treated for a laceration to his back that required staples, Del Toro said.

The name of the man has not been released.

The officers who shot him have been on the force five and a half and six and a half years.



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