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- City Lights: "Mental Illness Meets a Bullet in Normal Heights" · Nov. 23, 2010
Classical guitarist and instructor Nathan Manning received a master’s degree in music from San Diego State University, whereupon he began teaching guitar at an El Cajon music store.
On May 20, 2010, Manning -- who suffered from bipolar disorder -- was involved in an outdoors altercation with a roommate, which resulted in him being shot by a plainclothes policeman.
According to the district attorney’s review of the shooting and other sources, on the afternoon of May 20, 31-year-old Nathan Manning was chasing his roommate down Adams Avenue near the corner of Hawley Boulevard in Normal Heights. Manning was dressed in pajamas, and the review says he was “pushing and hitting” his roommate in the middle of the street.
The same report states that San Diego Police Department Detective Edward Jones, an 18-year veteran on the force, arrived at the scene. Jones was dressed in plain clothes and wore a badge on a chain around his neck. Jones identified himself and took out his baton. Manning charged him. Jones struck Manning on the shoulder with his baton. A scuffle ensued. Manning “began choking [Jones] around the neck,” according to the district attorney’s review, and he “also tried to take the detective’s gun away from him.”
Jones removed the gun from his holster and fired a single, fatal shot into Manning’s abdomen.