San Bernardino police shot a man who allegedly grabbed an officer’s firearm in a confrontation that followed the man’s strange appearance at a day care center on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
The man had entered Casa Ramona Academy day care center and demanded to know where “the park” was, authorities on scene said.
Day care workers told the man that the center was within the park — Nunez Park, in the 1600 block of West Fifth Street (map) — then called police because they found the man’s behavior was concerning.
About 35 children were inside, taking their naps when police arrived to confront the man, the executive director of the school said.
They found him about 50 yards from the day care, throwing things at a fence, police said.
They asked him to stop but he would not; officers then fired three nonlethal bean-bag rounds at him but he was not deterred, according police Lt. Richard Lawhead.
"The suspect tackled the officer, took the gun away from the officer, attempted to hit the officer with the butt of the gun," Lawhead said. "Other officers then were forced to use lethal rounds to stop the suspect."
The man was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the lower body and was expected to recover, Lawhead said.
No officers or children in the day care were hurt.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was assisting in the officer-involved shooting investigation.