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  • Man Shoots Into Home Of Sheriff's Sergeant

    Officers shoot and kill man brandishing gun in San Carlos

    By Mark Arner and Kristina Davis
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    10:26 a.m. September 13, 2008
    SAN DIEGO – San Diego police officers shot and killed a man Friday night shortly after he fired a gun into the home of an off-duty sheriff's sergeant in San Carlos.

    The county Medical Examiner's Office identified the gunman as Joseph Giordano, 65.

    The incident began about 9:20 p.m. when Giordano walked to the home of the sheriff's sergeant on Lake Atlin Avenue, said San Diego police Capt. Jim Collins.

    He knocked on the door and the sergeant answered. The sergeant slammed the door shut when he noticed that Giordano appeared to be carrying a gun, Collins said. Giordano fired one shot into the door and two into a window. No one was hit.

    Giordano fled in a dark-colored mini van, which San Diego police officers found parked one block away on nearby Lake Ariana Avenue.

    Officers surrounded Giordano's home and, unable to talk to him by telephone, used a bullhorn to order him to come out of the dwelling.

    When Giordano emerged 30 minutes later, he was holding a gun, Collins said. Officers told him to drop the weapon, but he pointed it at them and fired.

    “Fearing for their lives or the lives of others, multiple police officers returned fire on the suspect,” said San Diego homicide Lt. Terry McManus.

    Giordano was struck several times and died at the scene. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.

    Authorities did not release the name of the sheriff's sergeant or the six officers who fired their weapons.

    Collins said Giordano and the sergeant had an altercation in recent days.

    Giordano and his wife had gone to the sergeant's house, and Giordano seemed to have been drinking, Collins said. The sergeant detained Giordano until San Diego police arrived and escorted him and his wife back to their home.

    Collins didn't know why the couple went to the sergeant's house.

    Giordano's wife was home at the time of the shooting Friday night.
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  • #2
    I'm hesitant to say the situation resolved itself or came to a satisfactory end. Yes I am pleased the Sarge, his family and the responding on duty LEO's were not hurt....however the fact that he found the Sarge's residence is unsettling.
    "We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." -President Ronald Reagan

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    • #3
      Perhaps the dispute arose out of something non law enforcement related...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by nr5667 View Post
        Perhaps the dispute arose out of something non law enforcement related...
        Ahh....you are right that is a much more likely scenario.....I made a bad assumption, though I would still like to know what the altercation was about.
        "We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." -President Ronald Reagan

        Good people sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell

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        • #5
          Sounds like he also lived in the neighborhood. Either way, atleast no one on our side was injured.

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          • #6
            My question is - how does one walk there, and then flee in a minivan? Sounds like there was someone else involved by that story, or the reporter just doesn't have thier facts right on that part of it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by crazynova View Post
              My question is - how does one walk there, and then flee in a minivan? Sounds like there was someone else involved by that story, or the reporter just doesn't have thier facts right on that part of it.
              He may have walked from his house, and then driven away from his house? I'm guessing he was a near enough neighbor that it wasn't that far of a walk.
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              • #8
                I can tell you the suspect lived in that area, and he's got at least 2 prior arrests, including felonies. That is information open to the public.

                Seems he just likes alcohol, and he gets angry. Probably knew said Sgt. lived there, and thought he'd go pick on somebody else with a gun. OOPS. Bad choice. One less mouth my tax $ will have to feed.
                Last edited by Looker; 09-13-2008, 06:53 PM.

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                • #9
                  After reading a few other news sites, it looks like he drove over to the Sergeant's house, then drove back to his own after the shooting.

                  At least one of the neighbors posted on the Union Trib's comment section that the suspect was the source of the problems.
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