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Rubber bullets used to subdue man reportedly hit by car in downtown San Luis Obispo

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Posted at 3:59 PM, Dec 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-16 23:43:54-05

UPDATE- San Luis Obispo Police responded to reports of a man being struck by a car in downtown San Luis Obispo Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at 3:19 p.m. at the intersection of Higuera and Broad Streets.

Police say a driver traveling westbound on Higuera struck a man identified as Joshua Dollins, 44 of San Luis Obispo.

Officers say when they arrived they attempted to approach and aid Dollins, but he was agitated, uncooperative, and stated he wanted “suicide by cop.”

Officers trained in Crisis Intervention Techniques (CIT) began negotiations with Dollins, when police say he became increasingly threatening to the officers and posed a substantial risk to officers and the community.

Police say Dollins indicated he had a weapon on him and said he would use it to cause harm. This is when police say they used less lethal techniques to safely apprehend Dollins without further incident.

Dollins was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries from being struck by the car. He was then booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on a charge of Felony Resisting Arrest.

Police say the driver of the car that hit Dollins remained on scene and was cooperative.

Police want to make sure that if you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis or suicidal thoughts, you can call the Central Coast Hotline at 1 (800) 783-0607 or the National Suicide Hotline at 988.

A large police presence could be seen in a portion of Downtown San Luis Obispo Friday afternoon.

While San Luis Obispo police have not commented on the incident, dispatch logs show were called to reports of a collision at Higuera and Broad streets around 3:19 p.m.

The area was blocked off by many police units and fire trucks.

Someone who witnessed the incident tells KSBY a man was sitting in the street when they were hit by a car. The witness says when police and fire arrived on scene, the man was asked to remove his hand from his jacket and declined to do so.

KSBY’s crew at the scene saw rubber bullets and Tasers being used. The man was eventually helped out of the intersection.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

The scene was cleared by 3:50 p.m.