Live News Report Catches Police-Involved Gun Battle in the Background


Gunshots from a police-involved shooting could be heard during a live news report in downtown San Diego, and a man was later taken into custody.

KSWB-TV reporter Jeff McAdam was giving a live report just after 7 p.m. near the San Diego Convention Center when at least a dozen gunshots were heard.

The reporter moved off-screen as the cameraman zoomed in on the situation.

“I think we have an officer-involved shooting. We are going to kind of stay back as much as we can,” McAdam said.

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The camera footage showed a man crouching down behind a car before pointing a gun in the direction of a police vehicle parked behind it.

Port of San Diego Harbor Police confirmed that officers had exchanged gunfire with a suspect before he was taken into custody.

“Police say a ‘miracle’ of sorts happened,” McAdam tweeted.

“While no one technically ‘injured’ in the shooting outside the convention center, a stray bullet hit a bystander but something in the pocket stopped it.”

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Police said that a glasses case in the man’s back pocket kept the bullet from injuring him, KSWB reported.

The crew had seen police officers attempt to pull over a vehicle in front of the convention center before it came to a stop.

Police investigators said the driver ran a red light and appeared impaired.

The suspect was later seen sitting handcuffed on the ground and walking to a police vehicle.

“It’s one of those things that when you hear it live, it takes a few seconds to figure out what is happening,” McAdams later told KSWB.

“I think a lot of people don’t necessarily understand what gunshots sound like as they’re happening. Didn’t see anybody running, so I think it took a few minutes for people to understand what was happening.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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