Authorities released the name of a man on Friday who was shot and injured after lunging at an El Cajon police officer with a knife in the middle of traffic on New Year’s Day.
Patrol personnel responding to a reported disturbance in the area of Second Street and Oakdale Avenue in El Cajon arrived to find Danny Martin Baldwin, age 56, armed with a knife and wandering incoherently in traffic lanes shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, according to Lt. Rob Ransweiler.
When they tried to detain Baldwin, he allegedly pulled out a knife. Officers twice used a taser on the man in an effort to get the knife out of his hands before he lunged at an officer. During an ensuing struggle, one of the officers opened fire, the lieutenant said.
Medics took the suspect to a trauma center for the treatment of four gunshot wounds. He remained hospitalized in stable condition this afternoon, Ransweiler said. No further information on his physical condition since the shooting was yet available.
“The officer involved in this shooting was wearing a body-worn camera at the time of this incident,” El Cajon Police Lt. Walt Miller said. “The footage from this camera has been retained as evidence pending further investigation.”
Anyone with information regarding the officer-involved shooting can call El Cajon police at (619)579-3311.
— City News Service
>> Subscribe to Times of San Diego’s free daily email newsletter! Click hereFollow Us: