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Police release bodycam video of fatal shooting in Escondido

Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting, pursuit in Escondido
Posted at 4:21 PM, Oct 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-09 01:21:50-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) — Law enforcement released body camera footage Friday of the events leading up to a fatal officer-involved shooting in Escondido last month.

The nearly 11-minute edited video, spliced together from cellphone and bodycam videos, includes the police narrative of the events on September 17, after a vehicle pursuit ended on Bear Valley Parkway and the suspect, identified as 38-year-old Jonathan Carroll, of Escondido, was shot.

The video released Friday said the incident began when officers responded to a call about a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting that injured a 20-year-old male driver. The victim drove himself to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

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Shortly afterward, around 6:12 p.m., officers spotted the suspect's vehicle — a white Mercedes-Benz SUV — near Washington and Citrus Avenue, and a vehicle pursuit began, said EPD.

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 quickly exchanged with the suspect. Police said Carroll exited the SUV with a handgun pointed at the officer.

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The department said Carroll fired two rounds during the gun exchange and Officer Chandler Hoppal fired 12 rounds.

After officers searched Carroll's SUV, they found two unserialized guns — also known as ghost gun— one AR-style rifle and several hundred rounds of ammunition.

Carroll was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, EPD said.

It's unclear why Carroll shot and injured a male driver earlier that day. Police said there is no known relationship between the suspect and the victim.