Suspect shot, killed in officer-involved shooting after high-speed chase identified

Police say man had female hostage during pursuit

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - A man who was fatally shot by a San Diego police officer in Escondido after a high-speed chase, during which police say he had taken the female driver hostage, has been identified.

The suspect's name has not been officially released, but a family member identified him to 10News as 27-year-old Aaron DeVenere of San Diego.

"I came here to try and figure out what was going on, asked detectives stuff and they didn't give me any answers ... of course they can't," the man's aunt told 10News. "I told them I know you know if there was a gun in the car, but they told me they couldn't tell me anything."

The incident started when San Diego police officers attempted to pull over a truck during a routine traffic stop shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday on northbound Interstate 15 near Aero Drive.

Police say the woman driving was being held hostage by a man in the passenger seat.

"A male subject emerged from the vehicle very aggressively, very uncooperatively and then jumped back in the car and a pursuit ensued," said Escondido police Lt. Neal Griffin.

The pursuit reached speeds of up to 80 mph. Police say the man called San Diego police during the chase and said he had kidnapped the driver and was forcing the driver to flee, and made threats that he had a gun pointed at her and would shoot her.

In addition to the gun, the suspect also said he was armed with an explosive device, according to Griffin.

The pursuit ended in gunfire about 40 minutes later in the vicinity of North Centre City Parkway and Country Club Lane in Escondido.

Officers put down spike strips, which deflated two tires before the truck came to a stop. A San Diego police officer fired a single shot, which killed the suspect.

The driver was released from the hospital after being treated for minor injuries sustained in the incident. It is unclear what her relationship is to the suspect.

The bomb squad searched the truck but did not immediately find a gun or any explosives.

Investigators are now looking into a motive.

"It did appear on a number of occasions the victim tried to stop the vehicle, but she wasn't allowed," said Griffin. "At this point, we're going to investigate whether she was allowed to stop the vehicle."

Northbound Centre City Parkway was closed at Country Club Lane, according to Escondido police.

The off-ramp from Interstate 15 to North Center City Parkway was also closed because of police activity, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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