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Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting, pursuit in Escondido

Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting, pursuit in Escondido
Posted at 7:19 PM, Sep 17, 2021

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Escondido police shot and killed a suspect Friday who they said was involved in an earlier vehicle-to-vehicle shooting.

According to police, the suspect shot into another vehicle at 5:01 p.m. and struck the 20-year-old male driver, who had a 15-year-old passenger in the vehicle, said Escondido Police Department Lt. Bode Berreth.

The victim was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired, located the suspect's vehicle -- a white Mercedes-Benz SUV -- at 6:12 p.m. near Washington and Citrus avenues and a vehicle pursuit began, Berreth said.

The suspect crashed the SUV in the area of Bear Valley Parkway and Encino Drive around 6:20 p.m. After the crash, gunfire was exchanged with the suspect, who was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, Berreth said.

Berreth said only one officer discharged their weapon.

The 38-year-old suspect's name was not immediately available and no other injuries were reported.

In a Friday evening press conference, authorities stated a gun was recovered from the suspect, but it's unclear if the man fired it at officers.

City News Service contributed to this report.