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Suspect in Encinitas police shooting released from hospital, booked into jail

Posted at 3:44 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 19:03:33-05

ENCINITAS — A robbery suspect who was shot multiple-times by a sheriff's deputy after allegedly pulling a gun on the law enforcement officer at the end of a road chase was released from the hospital today and booked into county jail.

The suspect, Robert Thomas Parkin, 53, suffered bullet wounds to his lower body along with a graze injury to his scalp in the shooting on El Camino Real near El Camino Court on Monday morning, according to sheriff's officials.

Police were attempting to pull over a motorcyclist near Santa Fe Drive in connection with a restaurant robbery when he sped off. Deputies chased the suspect and he crashed in front of the Pacific Pines condo complex around 5:45 a.m. 

Parkin then took off running, authorities said. There was a confrontation, Lt. Kenn Nelson said, between one of the deputies and the suspect and that is when the deputy fired multiple gunshots striking the man in the lower body.

He was subsequently transported to the Scripps La Jolla hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Nelson later described the suspect's injuries as non-life threatening.

Authorities said evidence, including money, was found at the scene. 

"Next to the suspect, though, there was evidence of the robbery and a firearm located," Ryan Keim, public information officer for the sheriff's department said.

Nelson told 10News reporter Mimi Elkalla the El Pueblo Mexican Restaurant was robbed around 5:30 a.m. and the suspect description was that of a white male riding a blue motorcycle, wearing a black helmet and armed with a silver gun. Our 10News Breaking News Tracker caught video footage of a blue motorcycle laying askew in front of a crime scene outside of the apartment complex. 

Residents of Pacific Pines were unable to access their homes or leave the community due to the closure of El Camino Court, which runs adjacent to El Camino Real.