Correction: This story has been changed from the original, removing information about a homeless man that Coast Motors employees had identified as the suspect probably shot by an Arroyo Grande police officer. On Friday, police identified the suspect as Christopher William Allen and said he was not the homeless man.
A man allegedly armed with a knife was shot four times by an Arroyo Grande police officer after a reported attempted carjacking Thursday morning, police said.
The man was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, where he underwent surgery. He was later transferred to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
Officers were called at 6:25 a.m. to a report of an armed carjacking in progress at the AM/PM market on Grand Avenue west of Highway 101, according to a news release from the Arroyo Grande Police Department. The suspect reportedly had a knife.
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Before officers arrived, the man ran away and into a nearby grassy, wooded area on the east side of Highway 101 near a Shell gas station, police said. After a search, an Arroyo Grande police officer found and confronted the suspect. The officer told the man to get down, said Arroyo Grande police Chief Steve Annibali. When the suspect didn’t comply with the repeated orders, Annibali said, the officer shot him four times in the torso.
The man received first aid at the scene before being taken to Sierra Vista hospital.
Neither the officer’s nor the suspect’s name have been released.
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office will do an independent investigation. The officer would be put on leave or modified duty until the investigation was complete, Annibali said.
The Highway 101 on-ramp to Grand Avenue was closed Thursday morning during the investigation.