Suspect in Bay Terraces standoff identified by Medical Examiner

SAN DIEGO - A man suspected of going on a crime spree in Bay Terraces before being fatally shot by officers on Friday has been identified by the Medical Examiner as 47-year-old Adolfo Vargas Tovar from National City.  

According to San Diego police, Tovar robbed two women at the ARCO gas station on 495 South Meadowbrook Drive shortly before 11:30 a.m. Police said Tovar fired a shot into the ceiling from a sawed-off shotgun or rifle during the robbery. He got away with about $400.

Police said Tovar then drove away in a white Suzuki, but he crashed the vehicle a short distance from the gas station at Parkwood Drive and Paradise Valley Road. He attempted to set the car on fire by throwing a Molotov cocktail into the trunk, but the flame went out, according to police.

After fleeing from the crash scene, Tovar apparently confronted another man at Woodridge Way and Careybrook Lane. Police said Tovar shot the man in the foot.

A short time later, a resident reported seeing him running into a neighborhood on Gatewood Lane.

10News learned at one point, the suspect asked a resident for a help. However, the resident only gave the suspect a shirt.

A SWAT unit was called in to help in the search after it was reported Tovar was trying to enter homes in the neighborhood.

A 56-year-old woman named Cecilia told 10News the suspect knocked on her door and when she opened it, he told her, "Help me, they are trying to shoot me."

Cecilia said she closed the door and locked herself in the bathroom. At that point, she said she could hear SWAT units surrounding the house. She also said she heard the suspect inside her house.

Cecilia told 10News she broke a bathroom window and climbed through it to escape.

SDPD Lt. Jorge Duran said officers "saw the victim's vehicle come out of the garage door at a high rate of speed and fearing for their safety, some officers opened fire and the vehicle came to a stop."

Paramedics administered CPR, but Tovar died at the scene.

Police are still searching for his gun.

Bell Middle School and Daniel Boone Elementary School in Paradise Hills were locked down due to the police activity. The lockdowns were lifted just after 2:15 p.m.

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