A man fatally shot on Friday by two court services deputies who were trying to evict him from his apartment near downtown San Diego has been identified as James Lacy.
Lacy, 47, ran into his room and retrieved a replica handgun when Deputies Sean Ochoa and Don Wood forced their way into the apartment, San Diego police homicide Lt. Mike Holden said.
Ochoa is a 17-year veteran. Wood has been with the Sheriff’s Department for nine years.
They went to Lacy’s home on Second Avenue, south of Hawthorne Street, about 7:50 a.m. to serve the eviction notice. Authorities have not said why he was being evicted.
The deputies knocked on the front door, identified themselves and announced their intention to evict him. Lacy yelled at them through a security door, saying he would kill them if they entered, Holden said.
Still, the deputies pried open the locked door and went inside. Lacy ran into his bedroom and came out holding the replica handgun, Holden said. Both deputies fired when Lacy moved toward them, Holden said.
After he was shot, Lacy ran back into his room, where deputies found him with several gunshot wounds. Paramedics took him to a hospital, where he died.
Investigators later recovered either an airsoft or BB air pistol in Lacy’s bedroom.
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