A deputy who wounded a man in a shooting on state Route 125 in Santee was identified Friday as a four-year Sheriff’s Department employee.
Deputy Freddy Herrero shot Robert Westbrook in what authorities said was an attempted suicide-by-cop confrontation on the freeway on Sept. 8.
Herrero opened fire after Westbrook pulled what was later found to be a replica semi-automatic pistol, sheriff’s spokesman Ryan Keim said.
Keim said the Sheriff’s Department was notified that Westbrook, 31, a transient living in his vehicle, had threatened to kill himself. Deputies searched for his vehicle and found him parked along the shoulder of northbound Route 125 north of Grossmont College Drive about 7 p.m.
He was uncooperative when deputies approached him, Keim said. Then Westbrook got out of his vehicle holding the pistol.
He survived being shot several times by Herrero. Westbrook was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
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