EL CAJON -- In the tense moments when shots were fired following a high-speed chase involving El Cajon police, the California Highway Patrol (which had been on standby) didn't know whether an officer or a suspect was down.
CHP DISPATCH:"Shots have been fired. Again, shots fired.""It looks like the vehicle or party is going to be northbound on Pierce from Main. Again, shots have been fired."Units on the pursuit - we are not getting a response from the El Cajon unit. Again, shots have been fired. We have no other suspect description. The vehicle is a red Toyota Prius.""Shots have been fired and there is no response from the El Cajon unit.""One party does have a gunshot wound. We're trying to confirm if it's one of our officers."
It wasn't an officer that was hit by gunfire, but a woman who had been a passenger in the car. She died and a dog was also killed.
It all started around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when El Cajon police officers came across a stolen vehicle in the 1300 block of E. Main Street.
"Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and when they approached, the vehicle fled north on Second Street then onto westbound Interstate 8,'' El Cajon Police Lt. Frank La Haye said. "Officers pursued the vehicle with emergency lights and sirens on.''
La Haye said the red Toyota compact reached speeds of 90 mph during the pursuit.
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