ENCINITAS, Calif. – The mother of a 22-year-old man who shot two deputies in Encinitas called authorities early Wednesday to come to their house after he had stolen her car, according to San Diego Sheriff’s Captain Duncan Fraser.
Deputies responded to a call around 1 p.m. of a woman saying her son, who had a restraining order against him, returned to her home on the 700 block of Del Rio Avenue, near Leucadia Boulevard, with her stolen vehicle.
Upon arriving to the house, deputies attempted to talk to her uncooperative son through a locked area of the home, Fraser said. After throwing tear gas into the house, the suspect started shooting through the walls injuring two deputies, the captain added.
Members of the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail were summoned to the area and had the place surrounded late Wednesday afternoon.
One deputy was hospitalized with a glancing head wound and had been treated and released, Fraser said.
One deputy was initially taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas with a leg wound, and was later transferred to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla where he underwent surgery, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore told reporters.
“Hopefully, they’ll both make full recoveries,” Gore said. Both deputies’ family members were at the hospital. Neither deputy’s name was released.
Homes south of Del Rio Avenue were evacuated as a precaution, sheriff’s officials said. Del Rio Avenue was closed west of Leucadia and south of Saxony Road.
A sheriff’s helicopter flew overhead and its crew made announcements, authorities said. Carlsbad police personnel also assisted with the SWAT call.
The suspect was not in custody as off 7:30 p.m. and about nine homes were still evacuated as a precaution.