SAN DIEGO - A San Diego Police officer shot a wanted fugitive in Point Loma Wednesday night. It happened in the parking lot of the Ramada motel on Garrison Street off of Rosecrans just after 8 pm.
According to investigators, US Marshals, the Fugitive Task Force, San Diego Police, and state parole officers were looking for a 28-year-old suspect wanted on weapons and drug charges.
They had information that he was in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn in a white Volkswagon Jetta. Undercover and uniformed officers tried to approach, but the suspect put the car in reverse ramming an undercover vehicle, but he didn't stop there.
"Put the vehicle in drive, drove forward striking a uniform police officer in the legs,
the officer fearing for his safety fired several rounds at the suspect, "said San Diego Police Lt. Jorge Duran.
The suspect was hit multiple times in the torso. He's hospitalized in serious, but stable condition. Lt. Duran did not say if the suspect was armed or if the car he was in was stolen.
People staying at the motel were met with crime tape and dozens of investigators.
"All of a sudden these cops come whooshing by and I thought they were going to pull this guy over for speeding or something," said Davis Emery.
Investigators would not say if the suspect was staying at the Ramada.
Chuck Cuellar had just dropped off his brother and sister-in-law.
"When we pulled up this is what we saw, so I was kind of hesitant about them staying here, but I guess it's over," said Cuellar.
The officer who was hit was not seriously hurt.