High-speed chase ends in shooting in Otay Mesa near border

Chase started in RIverside County

SAN DIEGO - A pursuit that started in Riverside County ended in Otay Mesa near the border Saturday after the driver was shot and killed by officers.

The incident started in the Riverside County town of Perris when a sheriff's deputy heard a call about a carjacked silver Chevrolet Impala, and began chasing it at about 9:33 a.m. A high-speed chase across surface streets reached Interstate 215, and the car was driven south.

California Highway Patrol officers picked up the chase, Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Mike Vasquez said.

After passing through Murrieta and Temecula just before 10 a.m., CHP officers from the Inland Empire handed off the chase to their colleagues working out of Oceanside, as the Impala sped at speeds of 100 mph into San Diego County.

The chase traversed San Diego on Interstate 15 and other freeways. The driver then veered east on state Route 905, the access road to the eastern border crossing at Otay Mesa that is an effective dead end.

The CHP ended the pursuit at the last U.S. exit, Siempre Viva Road.

According to authorities, the suspect tried to cross the border. The driver reportedly stopped, backed up and then tried to drive forward.

Three U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers – feeling threatened by the suspect's erratic driving – opened fire on the vehicle, hitting the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, an adult male, was the only one inside the vehicle.

Authorities say the suspect was not armed and that no law enforcement officers were injured.

Southbound SR-905 is closed after Siempre Viva Road due to the investigation. No southbound traffic is being allowed to go into Mexico at the Otay Mesa Border Crossing. It is unclear how long the freeway will be closed.

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