A tragic shootout at San Diego Mesa College resulted in the death of a 33-year-old gunman and a police dog on Wednesday.
The incident began with a report of a white Tesla driver firing shots at another motorist around 1:30 a.m. The Tesla was being driven erratically, and the other driver heard a gunshot as he passed the vehicle.
Pursuit and Abandonment
The Tesla followed the motorist to a location where he parked, and more shots were fired. Fortunately, the motorist wasn’t hit, but one bullet struck a nearby home without causing any injuries.
Confrontation at San Diego Mesa College
Police officers found the Tesla and spotted the armed suspect, a 33-year-old male, in the driver’s seat. Despite commands to pull over, the driver drove onto the college campus parking lot and abandoned the car.
The officers encountered the armed man on the campus. He ignored commands to drop the gun and began walking towards an open lot. In the ensuing confrontation, the police dog was sent after the suspect, who drew his handgun. An officer fired a round from a rifle, hitting the gunman, and the suspect returned fire, striking the police dog.
Loss of a Heroic Dog
The police dog, named Sir, a 4½-year-old Belgian Malinois who had been with the Police Department since March 2022, was wounded and pronounced dead at a veterinary hospital. The San Diego Police Officers Association paid tribute to Sir’s bravery, acknowledging that he saved lives during the encounter.
Authorities are currently investigating the incident, and the identity of the deceased gunman has not been released.