San Diego Police cruiser
A San Diego Police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

A suspect who threated family members with what was later determined to be a BB gun was in critical condition Thursday after being shot by an officer in San Carlos.

San Diego Police officers responded to reports from a 91-year-old resident that a 60-year-old male member of the home was allegedly threatening the family and himself with a gun at 6500 Bonnie View Drive around 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to police.

Prior to making contact with the suspect, officers “gathered at a nearby park to formulate a plan,” said Lt. Adam Sharki. Upon arrival, the reporting party greeted officers outside the home, then the suspect exited the garage and “pointed what appeared to be a handgun” at officers, Sharki said.

A sergeant on the scene fired at the suspect, striking him at least once. The man was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Police confirmed the man’s weapon was a BB gun.

Neither the name of the suspect nor the sergeant involved was released. An  investigation was underway.

–City News Service