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Pursuit sparks officer-involved shooting in North Park

Posted at 10:32 PM, Nov 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-17 14:35:53-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A man police say rammed a patrol vehicle while holding a gun prompted an officer-involved shooting in North Park Saturday.

The incident began around 9:20 p.m. when police received a call about a carjacking near Maryland Street and Madison Avenue.

According to San Diego Police, the victim’s property, including a 2019 Subaru Outback, was taken at gunpoint.

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Police responded and found the vehicle on the 1800 block of Washington Street. When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the driver, a 17-year-old boy, fled the scene, leading police on a chase.

The pursuit ended when the suspect drove off the road at Arizona Street and Howard Avenue before putting the car in reverse and driving toward officers.

While backing up, police say the 17-year-old slouched down in the driver’s seat, pointing a handgun at police and prompting an officer to fire his weapon at the suspect.

The man continued to back up, slamming into a patrol car, police say.

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“The suspect began revving the engine causing several officers to fear the suspect was about to go forward and run over the officer in front of the vehicle. The initial officer that fired, and one additional officer, fired their service weapons at the suspect,” police said.

The suspect wasn’t hit with gunfire and surrendered to police. No officers were injured.

At this time, the suspect isn’t being identified due to his age.

The officers also aren’t being identified, but police say the first officer involved in the shooting is a one-year veteran of the department while the second is a two-year veteran.