A man who had been waving what appeared to be a military-style gun out a window from inside a third-floor East Village apartment was found dead today after officers unleashed a fusillade of gunfire at the residence.

The events that led to the shooting began shortly after 10:30 a.m., when San Diego police got a report that a possibly suicidal military veteran in his late 60s was inside a rental unit in the 900 block of Broadway, armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Photo credit: Mass.gov.
Photo credit: Mass.gov.

About 11:45 a.m., officers fired about a dozen shots at the suspect’s apartment. What was prompted the gunfire was not immediately clear.

A SWAT team then entered the building — which also houses a bar, hamburger restaurant and deli-market on the ground floor — and sent in a robotic device equipped with a camera, confirming the death of the suspect.

It was unknown if the man, whose name was not available, was killed by the police gunfire or may have shot himself.

–City News Service