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8/25/14 12:4313-Apr-11CA - CaliforniaSan DiegoSan DiegoCraig Lane Petersen52MaleUnknownUnknownKilledArmedNail GunHomicide investigators on Thursday said a Borrego Springs murder suspect who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s sergeant Wednesday had grabbed a nail gun from his pickup bed. Investigators also identified sheriff’s Sgt. Manuel Diaz, a 20-year department veteran, as the lawman who shot and killed Craig Petersen, 52, a general contractor suspected of fatally stabbing a 71-year-old Borrego Springs resident. Sheriff’s homicide unit Sgt. Roy Frank released new details on the case Thursday, saying Petersen went to the home of George Mendenhall, on Borrego Hills Road, about 6:30 or 6:45 a.m. Wednesday “regarding some tools.â€ù After Petersen left, a female member of Mendenhall’s family found Mendenhall in the garage, bleeding, about 7 a.m. He had been stabbed several times in the chest, and died a short time later, Frank said. “The motive is still under investigation,â€ù Frank said. “We are finalizing interviews to try to find out what the motive was.â€ù At least one witness provided deputies with information that Petersen was the suspect in the slaying. Deputies then launched a manhunt for him across the small desert community. Petersen lived in a Borrego Springs trailer park and had known Mendenhall for about 10 years, Frank said. About 1 p.m., Diaz was on patrol in the area of Japatul Valley and Descanso when he saw a light blue Ford F150 pickup in the Park and Ride lot at Interstate 8 and state Route 79. A man was in the cargo bed. Frank said that as Diaz approached, the man, subsequently identified as Petersen, grabbed a nail gun. Frank said Diaz saw the man reach for something that looked like a weapon, and fired. Petersen fell in the truck bed.http://www.sdcda.org/office/officer-involved-shootings.htmlSgt. Manuel DiazYes2San Diego CA - California2011
Timestamp8/25/14 12:43
Date Searched13-Apr-11
StateCA - California
CountySan Diego
CitySan Diego
Victim NameCraig Lane Petersen
Victim's Age52
Victim's GenderMale
RaceUnknown
Hispanic or Latino OriginUnknown
Hit or Killed?Killed
Armed or Unarmed?Armed
WeaponNail Gun
SummaryHomicide investigators on Thursday said a Borrego Springs murder suspect who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s sergeant Wednesday had grabbed a nail gun from his pickup bed. Investigators also identified sheriff’s Sgt. Manuel Diaz, a 20-year department veteran, as the lawman who shot and killed Craig Petersen, 52, a general contractor suspected of fatally stabbing a 71-year-old Borrego Springs resident. Sheriff’s homicide unit Sgt. Roy Frank released new details on the case Thursday, saying Petersen went to the home of George Mendenhall, on Borrego Hills Road, about 6:30 or 6:45 a.m. Wednesday “regarding some tools.â€ù After Petersen left, a female member of Mendenhall’s family found Mendenhall in the garage, bleeding, about 7 a.m. He had been stabbed several times in the chest, and died a short time later, Frank said. “The motive is still under investigation,â€ù Frank said. “We are finalizing interviews to try to find out what the motive was.â€ù At least one witness provided deputies with information that Petersen was the suspect in the slaying. Deputies then launched a manhunt for him across the small desert community. Petersen lived in a Borrego Springs trailer park and had known Mendenhall for about 10 years, Frank said. About 1 p.m., Diaz was on patrol in the area of Japatul Valley and Descanso when he saw a light blue Ford F150 pickup in the Park and Ride lot at Interstate 8 and state Route 79. A man was in the cargo bed. Frank said that as Diaz approached, the man, subsequently identified as Petersen, grabbed a nail gun. Frank said Diaz saw the man reach for something that looked like a weapon, and fired. Petersen fell in the truck bed.
Source Linkhttp://www.sdcda.org/office/officer-involved-shootings.html
Name of Officer or OfficersSgt. Manuel Diaz
ShootingsYes
Was the Shooting Justified?2
County StateSan Diego CA - California
Year2011