Stolen car chase leads to deputy firing shots in North San Diego County

RAINBOW, Calif. (KGTV) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect in a vehicle theft that led to a Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy firing shots at the suspect as Cody Atchley, 31. 

Police spotted a stolen vehicle near the Pala Casino about 9:30 a.m. and followed it to Temecula, according to San Diego Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams.

Riverside County deputies joined the investigation and discovered the vehicle unoccupied about 30 minutes later on Rainbow Valley Rd. near 8th St.

Williams said the vehicle theft suspect found a second vehicle to steal, crashed through a gate, and drove toward Riverside deputies, who opened fire.

No one was injured.

The suspect went north to Temecula and crashed his vehicle near Temecula Pala Community Park.

Deputies arrested the man as he tried to run from the scene.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has jurisdiction over the two-county investigation. Lt. Williams said no one else appears to be involved in the crimes.

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