VISTA, Calif. ? A documented gang member wanted on an outstanding warrant related to weapons violations was wounded Thursday afternoon when two deputies shot him following a vehicle and foot chase through Vista.
The events that led to the gunfire began about 12:30 p.m., when deputies spotted 33-year-old Sergio Daniel Weick driving a black Lexus near Knapp Drive and North Santa Fe Avenue. The deputies recognized him as the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant stemming from a February 2015 SWAT standoff in Vista, Lt. Kenneth Nelson said.
Weick, who had a female passenger riding with him, refused to yield and fled for several miles before crashing the car into a rock berm in the 100 block of Bronze Way shortly after 12:30 p.m., the lieutenant said.
He then jumped out of the car and ran. Deputies gave chase down a narrow walkway between two homes, where they opened fire on Weick after officials said he confronted the deputies in a threatening manner. The Vista resident, who allegedly was in possession of shotgun shells and several knives during the pursuit, was hospitalized in critical condition.
No other injuries were reported.
The young woman who had been riding in the Lexus was taken into custody for questioning.