East County man killed after high-speed chase

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CHP vehicleSAN DIEGO – California Highway Patrol officers fatally shot the driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe early Sunday after a high-speed chase on Interstate 8 and surface streets in El Cajon, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said.

The Tahoe reached speeds of 95 mph on the freeway and then 80 mph on surface streets before the driver, identified as 27-year-old Anthony Osorio of San Diego, lost control and the vehicle rolled over, landing on its wheels, the Sheriff’s Department said.

“The driver, the only occupant, exited the vehicle and CHP officers ordered him to stop and raise his hands,” Lt. Glenn Giannantoni of the sheriff’s Homicide Detail said.

Osorio got out of the vehicle and moved toward the CHP officers, making “movements leading the officers to believe he was reaching for a weapon,” Giannantoni said.

“Fearing the suspect would shoot, one or more of the officers fired their service weapons at him,” Giannantoni said.

The driver was hit with multiple rounds. Osorio was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 3 a.m.

No officers were injured and an investigation was continuing.   Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS(8477).

4 comments

  • Brett

    one question; was there a weapon???? none was mentioned in the article! If not the police were wrong to use deadly force.

  • Chris

    The police are not psychic. If you continue to come at them after repeatedly being ordered to stop and then reach for something in your pocket, should they wait until it turns out you do have a gun and you have shot them? Law enforcement is taught to warn you and then shoot to kill if you choose not to obey. This shooting was very sad, and not just for the perpetrator. Those CHP officers, doing exactly what they were trained to do, were forced to kill a man. I'm sure they would much rather not have had to shoot.

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