- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say an apparently suicidal man shot and killed by a deputy was an environmental health specialist who’d worked for San Diego County for two decades.

Sheriff’s officials said Monday that 56-year-old Gary Kendrick was shot after pointing a shotgun at deputies outside his condominium in Encinitas on Friday.

U-T San Diego reports (https://bit.ly/1IiAt9y ) deputies were sent to the home after a 911 hang-up call.

Lt. John Maryon said Kendrick urged the deputies to shoot him, before pointing the gun at them.

Officials say Deputy Steven Block feared for his safety when he opened fire. Block, who has been with the department for less than five years, was placed on a minimum of three days paid leave, as is standard following deputy-involved shootings.

Kendrick worked for the county since 1995.


Information from: U-T San Diego, https://www.utsandiego.com

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