A 55-year-old Vista man fatally shot by Orange County sheriff's deputies and Border Patrol agents had been "acting strangely" and made a series of menacing gestures at the officers, according to the San Diego County sheriff's department.
The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon at the Las Pulgas Road off-ramp on the 5 Freeway near Camp Pendleton. The man, who stopped his car at the off-ramp, was initially contacted by an Orange County deputy.
The man began "aggressively pointing his finger at the deputy and told him that he had a weapon and he was going to kill him and then kill himself," said San Diego Sheriff's Lt. John Maryon.
For an hour deputies talked to the man in hopes of defusing the situation, Maryon said. But the man lifted his hand "wrapped in a black shirt concealing a portion of his hand and arm," Maryon said.
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Crime scene of deputy involved shooting in San Diego Co. near Camp Pendleton. Man killed in car along this off ramp. pic.twitter.com/htXB1pYt2c
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