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August 4, 2009 | Tony Perry
San Diego police shot and killed a knife-wielding man Monday afternoon moments after he tried to rob a downtown restaurant, officials said. The shooting occurred in the street near the Horton Plaza shopping center. Initial reports say three officers sought to persuade the man to drop the knife, but he refused. The man's identity was not released. Police said they responded to a call at 4:23 p.m.
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April 24, 2014 | By Tony Perry
  SAN DIEGO -- Two enlisted sailors were taken into custody Thursday after a report of "suspicious behavior" involving a gun touched off a "shelter-in-place" order to personnel at the Point Loma submarine base. The two were using airsoft pistols to fire from their barrack's window at a mirror on an adjacent structure, the Navy said. Airsoft pistols fire pellets and often have a realistic appearance. Someone saw one of the pistols and made an emergency call that led to the "shelter in place" order, the Navy said.
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September 21, 2013 | By Tony Perry
 SAN DIEGO--A San Diego police officer shot a man who was advancing on him in a threatening manner with scissors, police said Saturday. The officer had responded to an afternoon call from shoppers in the Pacific Beach neighborhood about a man talking incoherently and waving scissors, police said. When the man refused a command from the officer to drop the scissors and instead advanced on him, the officer fired a single round, striking the man, police said. The man was taken to a hospital with a wound considered non life-threatening.
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March 24, 2014 | By Tony Perry
  SAN DIEGO -- A lawyer for 25 strippers has filed a claim with City Hall asserting that police violated the strippers' rights by detaining them and forcing them to pose for pictures. Dan Gilleon, attorney for dancers at Cheetahs Gentlemen's Club, which bills itself as the city's top spot for nude entertainment, said the strippers' rights were violated by an estimated 10 officers who arrived at the club recently for what was said to be a routine inspection. The claim, filed Monday, is a forerunner to a lawsuit.
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May 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry
San Diego police shot and killed a suspected gas station robber who had fled into a residential neighborhood, taken hostages and attempted to escape in a stolen car, authorities said. Two nearby schools were locked down for two hours, officials said. The incident began when a man, described as being in his 30s, robbed a gas station at gunpoint Friday morning and fled into the Bay Terraces neighborhood. He broke into a home, shot the homeowner in the foot and ran to an adjacent home.
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June 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
San Diego police on Saturday shot and killed a man suspected of having threatened another man with a gun minutes earlier, the Police Department said. The incident began about 9:12 a.m., when police received a call about two men having an argument on the street in Ocean Beach. When police arrived, one of the men, who reportedly had a gun, had fled, police said. Police made a traffic stop on the suspect and ordered him out of the car with his hands up, according to Lt. Jorge Duran.
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November 10, 1992
Two Navy employees were arrested this weekend in connection with a carjacking and attack on a San Diego cabdriver. Graham Davis, 25, a fireman at the Naval Training Center's service school, and Richard Price, 25, a ship serviceman, were being held at County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery and auto theft, a San Diego police spokesman said. Craig Smith, 45, a Yellow Cab driver, was beat on the head and cut on the face during the robbery that occurred Friday about 11 p.m.
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February 5, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - She was older than the woman in the pictures - 38 years older. And she was using a different name, with government documents as proof. But those eyes seemed to fit the 1976 mug shots, leaving San Diego police convinced they had found Judy Lynn Hayman, wanted by Michigan authorities for a 1977 prison escape. When police indicated that they were not buying her denial, Hayman confessed that she was the woman in the mug shots, police officials said Tuesday. Hayman, 60, is now in the women's jail in Santee awaiting an extradition hearing in San Diego County Superior Court.
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December 1, 1985
A San Diego police officer shot a 19-year-old Marine in the leg Friday night after he reportedly pointed a gun at officers. Officers Stephen Williamson, 30, and Jack Provencher, 28, were walking near Fourth Avenue and F Street when a man ran toward them and said someone was shooting at him, a police spokesman said. The officers saw a second man duck behind a parked car, the spokesman said. When officers ordered him to surrender, the man reportedly pointed a gun at them.
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May 31, 1994
The body of former San Diego Police Chief Olif Roeds was found in his suburban San Diego home Saturday. He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Roeds was 74 and had been in failing health. His body was found in his Del Cerro neighborhood home by his wife, Nellie, said San Diego Police Lt. Tom Orden. Department officials said an autopsy was pending but further details were not immediately available.
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March 23, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The mayor and other city officials are set to formally announce Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to their request to perform a management practices audit on the Police Department. The audit is meant to "help restore public trust" in the department following two recent cases of allegations that officers assaulted women while on duty. One officer has been charged, a second is being investigated. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Atty. Jan Goldsmith and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman are set for a news conference at the U.S. attorney's office to discuss the audit, which was first requested by Zimmerman's predecessor, Bill Lansdowne.
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February 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Police Chief Bill Lansdowne said Tuesday that he will retire effective Monday, after 10 years as chief. Lansdowne, 69, became chief here in 2003 after serving as chief in San Jose and Richmond. Lansdowne talked recently for an hour with Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer but said that Faulconer did not request his resignation. Faulconer will be sworn in Monday. The San Diego department, with 1,856 sworn officers, has long been considered one of the nation's best, particularly in the technique of community oriented policing in which police and residents meet frequently to discuss problems.
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February 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A suspended San Diego police officer was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexual battery and false imprisonment of women while on duty. Christopher Hays, 30, decorated for bravery in 2012, was arrested at 1:30 p.m. after voluntarily surrendering. He was booked into county jail on suspicion of three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and two felony counts of false imprisonment with violence, according to jail records. The arrest was announced by Chief Bill Lansdowne.
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February 6, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A decorated police officer has been suspended while the district attorney reviews allegations that he sexually assaulted four women while on duty, officials said Thursday. The officer was identified as Chris Hays, 30, who received a lifesaving medal in 2012 for dashing into a burning building to save a woman trapped on the second floor. He also served with the Marines in Iraq as a lance corporal. Four women have accused the officer of touching them improperly while they were being searched, according to Chief Bill Lansdowne.
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February 5, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - She was older than the woman in the pictures - 38 years older. And she was using a different name, with government documents as proof. But those eyes seemed to fit the 1976 mug shots, leaving San Diego police convinced they had found Judy Lynn Hayman, wanted by Michigan authorities for a 1977 prison escape. When police indicated that they were not buying her denial, Hayman confessed that she was the woman in the mug shots, police officials said Tuesday. Hayman, 60, is now in the women's jail in Santee awaiting an extradition hearing in San Diego County Superior Court.
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January 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A 40-year-old man from Lemon Grove who was shot Thursday in a confrontation with San Diego police died Saturday of his wounds, authorities said. Jose Luis Navarro had pointed a gun at officers after an hour-long pursuit when he refused to stop his vehicle, authorities said. Four officers "fearing for their safety" opened fire, Lt. Mike Hastings said. The incident began when an officer sought to stop Navarro's car for a traffic violation. As the officer approached the car, it sped away.
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March 28, 1992
An unidentified man was shot to death in the parking lot of a Barrio Logan apartment late Thursday night in what San Diego police believe was a gang-related shooting. The man, who had a tattoo with the name "Ricky" on his arm, was thought to be in his mid-20s, the medical examiner's office said. The shooting occurred in a parking lot in the 300 block of Hoitt Street at about 11:30 p.m., San Diego police spokesman Bill Robinson said.
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January 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
San Diego police shot an assault suspect Thursday after a car chase of nearly an hour, authorities said. The suspect, identified only as a 40-year-old male, pointed a gun at officers after they forced his vehicle to a halt, authorities said. Four officers "fearing for their safety" opened fire, said Lt. Mike Hastings. The suspect was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. None of the officers was injured. The incident began when a single officer sought to stop a car for a traffic violation.
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December 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- An ex-convict listed as a suspect in a recent killing was shot and wounded by U.S. marshals Monday while attempting to flee from arrest in the Point Loma neighborhood, San Diego police said. The incident occurred after the suspect struck a marshal with his car while attempting to escape, authorities said. The suspect was identified as Joseph Hill, 44, who has served prison terms on drug and assault charges and is facing charges for spousal abuse. Hill was taken to a hospital where he is listed in critical but stable condition.  The marshal who was struck suffered minor injuries to his hip and leg and was treated at a local hospital.
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