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Man Who Pointed Cell Phone at a Sheriff’s Deputy Missed Being Shot

Raymond Douville of Lemon Grove was Tasered and taken to hospital after Palm Street incident.

A man identified as Raymond Douville was Tasered and taken to a La Mesa hospital Friday night after pointing a cell phone at a sheriff’s deputy and nearly being shot in Lemon Grove, authorities said.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Hampton, Douville was taken to Sharp Grossmont Hospital for complaints of chest pain and would be held under guard until medically cleared for booking into jail.

All three rounds fired by the deputy were recovered, Hampton said, and there were no injuries from the shooting about 10:15 p.m. on Palm Street east of Skyline Drive.

The incident began when a deputy from the Lemon Grove substation tried to contact someone related to a radio call about a subject who had taken a large amount of unknown pills.

“The deputy observed a subject matching the description provided by the Sheriff's Communication Center, a short distance from the residence where the call originated,” Hampton said in a press release.

The subject, later identified as Douville, tried to hide behind a parked car, and the unnamed deputy told the subject to “show me your hands,” Hampton said. Douville held a black object in his hand and told the deputy it was a gun, he said.

“The deputy drew his issued weapon and ordered Douville to drop the gun; instead, Douville stood up from behind the parked car and took a shooting stance,” Hampton said.

Fearing Douville was armed and pointing a gun at him, the deputy fired three rounds from his weapon. None of the rounds struck Douville or anyone else in the area.

“Douville held his hand out again and said he had a cell phone,” Hampton said. “The deputy saw the lighted key pad on the phone and holstered his service weapon.”

Douville then started walking toward the deputy, who ordered him to stop and get on the ground, Hampton said. Douville failed to comply and kept walking toward the deputy.

“Fearing for his safety, the deputy removed his Taser and deployed the weapon at Douville. At that point, Douville was taken into custody without further incident.

No other information was available Saturday morning, including Douville’s age and the charges he would face. The Lemon Grove station would conduct an investigation, Patch was told.

Komfort October 20, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Why isn't the default anti-gun Patch photo being used? http://o4.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/PATCH/resize/600x450/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/patch/c97122ecb9677c53bee8f10eed32f6d4
Deena While October 20, 2012 at 05:04 PM
How embarrassing! How often do officers go to the shooting range? Six shots on a crowded street and he didn't hit ANYONE?
Things I Learned October 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
http://splicd.com/ht4PfYkJjoc/127/287
LemonGroove October 22, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Well sad to say, but that Barney Fife saved taxpayers millions of dollars in court fees in a potential lawsuit. Suicide by cop is more common than death insurance and those families always sue and "we" always pay out. I'd be too embarrassed to sue, having a dumbass relative like that, and admitting it? No thank you.
Joe a1wildart October 22, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Well lucky the officer''needed more practice at the range'' and a set of glasses '''a light up cell phone could look like a gun and the head phone jack hole could be mistaken for a reallly little barrel hole'' and thank god the officer shot at least 2 feet off from center mass 3 times''watch out a sprint and wesson '' could be your calling'good thing his ring tone wasn''t the sounds of gun shots''

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