Authorities Friday publicly identified three San Diego Harbor Police personnel who opened fire last weekend on a gun-wielding man outside their bayside headquarters, leaving him seriously wounded.
SDHP Lt. Victor Banuelos, Sgt. Scott Ferraioli and Officer James Macmaster fired on Eric Medina, 29, as he allegedly pointed a handgun at them in front of their precinct house in the 3300 block of North Harbor Drive early Sunday afternoon, according to the San Diego Police Department.
The events that led to the law enforcement gunfire began about 1:30 p.m., when Medina used a call box outside the police building to request assistance, SDPD Lt. Jud Campbell said.
Macmaster went outside and found Medina sitting in a gray Honda Civic in a parking area, Campbell said. As the lawman approached, Medina allegedly pulled a pistol on him, prompting him to retreat, take cover behind a pillar and call for backup.
After other Harbor Police personnel arrived, the suspect allegedly pointed his gun in their direction as well, prompting Banuelos, Ferraioli and Macmaster to open fire, Campbell said. Wounded by at least one gunshot, Medina dropped the weapon and was taken into custody.
Paramedics took the suspect to a trauma center, where he was admitted in critical condition.
Medina remains in the hospital, where he was arraigned this week on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on peace officers, Campbell said.
The SDPD Homicide Unit has taken charge of investigating the case, as is standard protocol when law enforcement shootings occur in the city of San Diego.
Banuelos has been employed by the Harbor Police for 24 years, Ferraioli for 22 years and Macmaster for seven years.
— City News Service, Inc.