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10-Year-Old Boy Fires Shots at Police in Stand-Off, San Diego Police Say

Dozens of police cars descended on a Southcrest neighborhood Thursday after an armed boy fired shots at police officers.


A 10-year-old boy armed with a shotgun fired two rounds at San Diego police officers Thursday after he barricaded himself inside a backyard shed in Southcrest, a community in the southeastern section of the city.

San Diego Police Department Lt. Shawn Takeuchi said the boy's parents called police just before 9:15 a.m. to report the child was in mental distress and had armed himself with a hammer and knife.

Officers went to the family's home on the 4000 block of Boston Avenue, just north of the Southcrest Recreation Center. When police arrived, Takeuchi said the boy ran into the backyard and barricaded himself inside a shed.

There was a shotgun in the shed.

Police said the boy armed himself with that shotgun and fired twice at officers. Takeuchi confirmed the officers were not hit by the bullets.

The incident prompted a stand-off and dozens of police vehicles to descend on the neighborhood. Police urged people to avoid the area.

Police evacuated houses near the shed.

Takeuchi said SDPD crisis negotiation teams were working to bring the stand-off to an end, peacefully.

At 11:15 a.m., the boy surrendered to police, walking out of the shed with his arms up.

The boy was taken into protective custody; police confirmed he would be taken to a medical facility for evaluation.

No injuries were immediately reported.


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