Suspect in Stolen Pickup Tries to Run Down Officer Near Imperial Beach
This story originally appeared at The Times of San Diego:
“A San Diego Police officer opened fire at a man in a stolen pickup who tried to run down another officer near Imperial Beach, but the suspect got away.
Police said the incident began at 10:30 p.m. Saturday when officers tried to stop a stolen Ford F150 truck in the 1900 block of Dairy Mart Road.
“The driver did not yield to the officer’s lights and siren and a vehicle pursuit ensued,” said Lt. Martha Sainz.
At one point, the suspect drove down the 1100 block of Zurich Drive, which is a cul-de-sac, Sainz said. The suspect then made a U-turn as officers left their cars and ordered the suspect to stop. The suspect drove toward an officer and another officer fired his weapon at the suspect.
The suspect fled with officers in pursuit, eventually stopping in the 1200 block of Holly Avenue in Imperial Beach and fleeing from the vehicle with a woman, who was eventually located. The man remained at large.
During the pursuit, the suspect threw a handgun out of the vehicle, which officers recovered.
Homicide detectives were called to investigate the shooting, which hit the suspect’s vehicle. Police are unsure whether the suspect was hit.
Detectives learned that the suspect is wanted on suspicion of robbing a San Diego home on Wednesday. He was described as Hispanic, in his 30s, five- feet-eight-inches tall, 180 pounds and wearing a ball cap.
No officers were injured in the incident, police said. The unidentified officer who fired his weapon has been with the department for three years.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the homicide unit at 619-531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.”
— City News Service