Police fire beanbags to end standoff in surf; Authorities say man waved knife
[San Diego, CA]

February 23, 2001, Friday
Copyright 2001 The San Diego Union-Tribune
The San Diego Union-Tribune
February 23, 2001, Friday

(SAN DIEGO) -- Police beanbags and pepper balls brought a man to his knees in the ocean off Pacific Beach yesterday after he held off officers with a knife for 90 minutes, authorities said. The man had been jumping in and out of traffic along Grand Avenue, then ran to Tourmaline Surfing Park and into the surf as officers chased him, San Diego police spokesman Bill Robinson said.

Lifeguards evacuated the beach while police talked to the man, whose identity wasn't immediately known.

Robinson said the man evaded officers twice earlier in the day when passers-by reported that he was acting strangely. A third complaint about him reached police about 2:55 p.m.

After the man ran about 50 feet into the ocean, officers collected on the shore and tried to talk him into coming out, Robinson said. Meanwhile, the man waved a knife, yelled profanities and told officers, "You're going to kill me anyway."

Just before 4:30 p.m., two officers fired beanbags and one officer fired pepper-ball rounds at the man. He was knocked off his feet, and officers hauled him onto the beach. He suffered bruises, which were treated at a hospital. He was to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

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