San Diego Harbor police officer shoots suspected car burglar

San Diego Harbor police officer shoots suspected car burglar

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A San Diego Harbor police officer has shot and killed a man he said tried to grab his gun.

Authorities say the officer, a 9-year veteran, stopped a man Tuesday night in a Holiday Inn parking lot because he suspected he was looking for cars to burglarize.

Police say the man attacked the officer and they fell to the ground struggling. During the battle, the officer’s Taser shocked both him and the man.

Authorities say the officer finally managed to stand and shot the man in the chest when he tried to take the officer’s handgun.

The man died at the scene. There’s no word on his identity.

The officer was treated for moderate injuries at a hospital.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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