SDPD officer nearly run over by car in Kearny Mesa, opens fire

Posted at 5:48 AM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 20:11:37-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Shots were fired in Kearny Mesa early Wednesday morning after San Diego Police officer was nearly run over by a car.

SDPD told 10News that officers spotted two men drinking alcohol inside a car parked at a dead end near the Kearny Mesa Recreation Center just after 12 a.m.

Officers confronted the men. After doing a DMV records check on the car, they discovered it was stolen.

As officers attempted to arrest the driver, he backed his vehicle up, nearly running over an officer. The officer fired one round from his gun, hitting the driver in the arm. 

Police pursued the vehicle until it crashed into a parked car on Marlesta Drive. The injured driver got out of the car and ran, but his passenger was pinned in the wreckage.

Officers quickly captured the driver. He was transported to a local hospital and then released back into police custody.

Police have identified the driver as 20-year-old Jason Santana. During his arrest police found a loaded handgun in his pocket. Santana's facing several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

The passenger was identified as 25-year-old Marco Huerta, he was booked into San Diego County Jail for parole violation.