US Marshals involved in Point Loma shooting; Suspect Joseph Hill linked to Linda Vista shooting

Hill shot in shoulder

SAN DIEGO - A suspected killer was wounded by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force as he attempted to flee Monday, according to authorities.

Joseph Hill, 44, was shot multiple times, San Diego Police Department Lt. Jorge Duran said. He was taken to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest where he is in critical but stable condition, Duran said.

Hill was wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a Linda Vista man on Sunday, Duran said.

At about 8:30 a.m., task force members saw Hill leaving a home on the 1600 block of Catalina Boulevard and approached him to make an arrest. Hill got in his vehicle and attempted to drive away, striking an officer, pinning him against a parked car, Duran said.

Fearing the pinned officer would suffer great bodily injury or death, several task force officers then opened fire on Hill, who drove a short distance north on Catalina Boulevard before his vehicle struck a parked car and crashed into the front yard of a nearby residence, Duran said.

The injured officer who was struck by Hill's vehicle was taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries, Duran said.

"One guy was on the car -- one of the cops -- and they were beating on the car trying to reach in and get the door open and yelling 'Get out of the car!' But the guy wouldn't do it and all of the sudden he just took off," said witness Bob Rife.

Rife told 10News that the suspect took off in the car going about 50 mph and that's when the marshals fired again.

"They hit his tire, and the guy lost control and he was swerving all around. They shot some more and the car ended up on the lawn over there and they took him away in an ambulance," said Rife.

San Diego police were assisting the U.S. Marshals Service in the aftermath of the shooting, Duran said.

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