A sexual assault suspect who prompted an uninjured shooting by police when he allegedly fired what an officer believed was a gun during a foot chase in a Bay Terraces neighborhood was behind bars on Friday .
According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which investigates shootings involving San Diego police.
One of the patrol personnel responded by hitting the suspect with an electric stun gun, which did not subdue him, Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Steffen said.
Littlejohn then fled and the officers pursued him.
As he was running away, the suspect allegedly reached for his belt and grabbed something. Believing the object to be a firearm, an officer fired two or three shots from his service pistol at Littlejohn, missing him.
After the shots, Littlejohn continued to run, but officers quickly caught up to him and arrested him following a fight at the nearby intersection of Brookhaven Road and South Meadowbrook Drive.
Littlejohn was treated at a hospital for minor injuries from the stun gun before being taken to San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of assault and resisting arrest, the lieutenant said.
No other injuries were reported.
It was unclear Friday afternoon what the suspect was aiming for when the officer opened fire on him, according to Steffen.
“There were no firearms on Littlejohn,” the lieutenant said. “However, a mobile phone was located at the scene of the fight. We have not determined whether the object in (his belt) was the cell phone or not.
Updated 3:22 p.m. July 8, 2022
–City News Service