Man shot after allegedly ramming SUV into U.S. Marshals Service vehicle dies

SAN DIEGO - A 34-year-old man who was shot after allegedly ramming a SUV into a U.S. Marshals Service vehicle then careening toward two deputy marshals in Clairemont died in a hospital the following day, authorities said Saturday.

Nicholas Pratl, of San Diego, was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla following the shooting in the 4800 block of Coconino Way about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego police and the U.S. Marshals Service.

He was declared dead about 6:25 a.m. Thursday, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

The events that lead to the shooting began when the deputy marshals, both assigned to the San Diego Fugitive Task Force, were conducting surveillance in the area when Pratl arrived and parked, Omar Castillo of the U.S. Marshals Service said.

The law enforcement officers approached the suspect, who was wanted on a warrant alleging possession of a controlled substance for sale, and attempted to arrest him. But Pratl allegedly rammed one of the law enforcement vehicles repeatedly, at which point the deputy marshals opened fire, Castillo said.

San Diego police Lt. Ernie Herbert in said the deputy marshals used their two cars to box in the suspect's vehicle, but he "crashed from between the deputies' cars, turning the car in the direction of the deputies and drove toward them."

Both deputies fired at the suspect, Herbert said. The suspect then lost control of the SUV, which struck a parked car and crashed into an unoccupied house.

Both deputy marshals were taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries, Castillo said.

One deputy marshal had been with the U.S. Marshals Service for 10 years and the other for five years, Herbert said. Their names were not released.

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