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Man shot by Atascadero police after crashing truck, threatening officers

Police block off the scene of a reported officer-involved shooting in the 5600 block of El Camino Real in Atascadero. A truck appears to have crashed into the side of a building.
Police block off the scene of a reported officer-involved shooting in the 5600 block of El Camino Real in Atascadero. A truck appears to have crashed into the side of a building. Courtesy of Andrew Robillard

A driver who crashed his truck into a building on El Camino Real on Monday was shot in the stomach by Atascadero police after the man allegedly advanced on officers with a metal bar and refused to comply with their orders.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery, according to a city news release.

The city said police received a call about 1:05 p.m. reporting a vehicle crash possibly resulting in injury.

Officers reportedly found the driver had driven through the roll-up door of a vacant commercial building and continued driving to the back of the building. The driver then allegedly backed out of the building and into an adjacent parking lot, hitting a vehicle in the parking lot and ultimately becoming stuck in debris.

According to the city statement, the man left the vehicle armed with a metal bar and started approaching officers, who responded with “less lethal munitions” that proved ineffective.

When the man allegedly ignored officers’ commands and continued toward them, one officer fired a single round from his handgun, striking the man in the stomach. Officers were then able to subdue him, the statement reads.

None of the officers were injured during the incident. Traffic was closed on El Camino Real from Traffic Way to Rosario Avenue while officers investigated the scene.

The city says several bystanders witnessed the incident and is asking for anyone else who witnessed or videotaped it to contact the department at 805-470-5051.

The city is withholding the names of the man and the officer as the investigation continues.

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