September 18, 2010 (Santee) – A San Diego Sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded Pedro Galarza, 26, a documented gang member on parole. Deputies responded to a call shortly after 8 p.m. last night from his mother, who said her son was armed with a knife and was attempting to abduct a child.
The first deputy arrived at the home, located at 8610 Ellsworth Lane in Santee, where he confronted Galarza. According to Lt. Dennis Brugos, as the officer got out of his patrol car, Galazra was within ten feet of the deputy when he reached into his waistband with both hands. The deputy fired his service gun, striking Galarza.
Other deputies arrived on scene and recovered a large kitchen knife next to Galarza, as well as a second knife and an ice pick.
Galarza was transported by paramedics to a local hospital, where he is believed to be in stable condition.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321, after hours at (858)-565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS(8477).