Helicopter, K9 Units Assist in Search for Armed Suspect

A 33-year-old man was arrested on Broadmoor Drive Saturday after police received reports of a man with a gun.

La Mesa police were assisted by a sheriff’s helicopter after they received a call Saturday morning that a man was possibly armed with a handgun and saying that he had killed somebody, according to a police spokesman.

Officers spotted the man in the 9500 block of Broadmoor Drive around 10 a.m. and gave chase when he took off on foot. A police K9 unit responded, along with a sheriff’s helicopter and El Cajon police, and the suspect was soon found on Broadmoor Drive.

When the suspect was taken into custody he had a collapsible baton and pepper spray, according to police. A firearm was not found.

The suspect, Brian Alexander McGowan, 33, was booked into San Diego Central Jail for possession of a leaded cane and illegal use of tear gas, both felonies. According to jail records, McGowan is being held on $20,000 bond.


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