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Suspect opens fire during downtown traffic stop, Harbor Police say

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Posted at 7:53 PM, Mar 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-04 20:56:41-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Police exchanged gunfire with a suspect who reportedly opened fire during a traffic stop near the convention center Monday night.

According to San Diego Police, a Harbor Police officer saw a black sedan commit a traffic violation around 7 p.m. at 1st Avenue and Harbor Drive.

The suspect was identified as 29 year-old Daniel Quiroz. After pulling Quiroz over, the officer believed the driver was possibly impaired and asked him to exit his vehicle, police say.

“As the driver exited his car, he produced a handgun and immediately opened fire on the officer, forcing the officer to return fire with his service weapon,” San Diego Police said.

Neither the officer nor the male was injured, but police say a pedestrian in the area later reported being struck by a stray bullet.

“An object in the male’s pocket prevented the bullet from actually breaking his skin, however, he was transported to a local hospital for evaluation where he was treated and released,” police added.

Quiroz was booked into County jail for attempt murder and related charges.

Police said the officer involved in the shooting has been a member of the Port of San Diego Harbor Police for over 3 years.

San Diego Police are currently conducting the officer-involved shooting investigation. The department released the following statement in regards to the investigation:

The investigation and review process for an officer-involved shooting are extremely thorough. When the Homicide Unit completes its investigation, it will be reviewed by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office to determine if the officer bears any criminal liability for his actions. The Port of San Diego Harbor Police will be assisting in the investigation and will conduct an administrative investigation into the officer’s discharge of his firearm. The Federal Bureau of Investigations and the United States Attorney’s Office will also be monitoring the investigation.