March 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A man acting "irrationally" who refused to put down knives when asked was shot in the arm by an El Cajon Police Sergeant, Lt. J.D. Arvan reports. The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday in the area of Villa Crest and Pepper Hill, after police received calls reporting a suspicious person in the area. Callers believed he might be casing homes in the neighborhood.
An 11-year veteran police sergeant with the nearest responding patrol unit observed a subject matching the description walking in the 1600 block of Pepper Hill, Lt. Arvan said.
"The sergeant attempted to make contact with the subject, who at this time was observed to be armed with two knives, one in each hand. The suspect ignored the sergeant's commands to drop the knives and continued to walk away, "Lt. Arvan said. "The sergeant followed and continued his attempts to get the suspect to put down the knives.
The suspect, who was acting irrationally, refused to disarm himself and walked past several occupied homes before stopping in front of a house in the 1700 block of Pepper Hill. The suspect ignored additional commands to drop the knives and raised one of the knives in a threatening manner, Arvan reports.
"The suspect began to advance on the sergeant and was shot once. The suspect sustained a non-life threatening injury to his left arm and was taken to a local hospital," he added.
Both knives were recovered at the scene along with additional evidence. The suspect, Andrew Luna, 23 of El Cajon, has been placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.