EL CAJON, Calif. — Police have shot and wounded a man they say was acting erratically in a San Diego suburb Tuesday afternoon.
El Cajon police Lt. Rob Ransweiler says police were called to the parking lot of the Broadway Village Shopping Center shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. He says police were told there was a man acting erratically, such as walking in traffic.
He says one officer apparently shot the man, believed to be about 30 years old, who was taken to a hospital. FOX 5 San Diego reports the man is in critical condition.
He declined to say whether the man was armed.
A witness tells FOX 5 San Diego the man was unarmed and had struggled with mental issues.
Cell phone video from the incident has been given to police for review. Police say the District Attorney's office will be taking over the investigation of the shooting.
"I hope the community of El Cajon allows for the details of the investigation to be released," Ransweiler told FOX 5 San Diego. "I'm confident that the community will support the decision made by the officer."
The El Cajon Police Department does not yet use body cameras.
El Cajon officials said in May that they would be buying body cameras for the entire police force.
“Trust is a big issue. This technology is available now, why not use it?” El Cajon police Chief Jeff Davis told FOX 5 San Diego. “There’s a perception of a lack of transparency and if wearing the cameras helps us get over that hurdle. I don’t think there’s any police department that’s against it right now.”
Shortly after the shooting, dozens of protesters gathered contending that the man was black and unarmed.
No arrests have been made.
This is a developing story, check back for updated information.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.