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January 2, 2017 (El Cajon) – A man wielding a knife was shot last night shortly after 9 p.m. by an El Cajon Police officer and is being treated at a local trauma center for the gunshot injury. According to Lieutenant Randy Soulard with ECPD’s special enforcement division, the officer was wearing a body camera and footage has been retained as evidence.

Officers responded to calls reporting a disturbance near Second Street and Oakdale Avenue at 9:03 p.m.   They found the suspect, a white man in his 60s, in the roadway armed with a knife, according to Lt. Soulard.

 “The suspect was non-compliant with the officers and attempts to take him into custody were unsuccessful,” says Lt. Soulard.

10 News reports that officers twice fired tasers at the suspect, who pulled the barbs out of his skin and then lunged at officers with a knife.

The responding officer shot the suspect at Second Street and Madison Avenue.

 Paramedics responded immediately and began treating the suspect at the scene. He was then transported to a local trauma center. He is expected to survive, 10 News reports.

Names of the officer and suspect have not yet been released. 

This investigation is in the very early stages, and more information will be released when it becomes available, said Lt. Soulard.

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If he would have been black. . . .

I wonder if the man that got shot would have been black, would this story would have gotten more coverage? I believe that in its self is totally racism. A human is a human no matter what his color is and incorrect procedure by the police is just that NOT CORRECT!!! Are we sending our police department the message that it's ok to shot our citizens? Where are the body cams or even the dash cams? When does the police department intend to release this information, its been over 20 days? I believe that the El Cajon police department need to write a report and have body cam footage to back up their decision to pull their gun.