Robbery suspect shot following chase by deputy in Encinitas

Man took off running and deputies opened fire
Posted at 6:05 AM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 12:15:42-05

ENCINITAS — San Diego Sheriff's Department is investigating a deputy-involved shooting of a robbery suspect Monday morning.

Law enforcement officers 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 on El Camino Real at El Camino Court, around 5:45 a.m. 

The suspect, 53-year-old Encinitas resident Robert 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. 

We'll update this story as more information becomes available.