Investigation into fatal officer-involved shooting in Escondido continues

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A busy North County intersection just west of Interstate 15 was closed today as detectives investigated an officer-involved shooting in which a heavily armed fugitive was killed.

San Diego police, including gang-unit personnel, had been keeping the suspect under surveillance before they tried to pull him over as he drove through Escondido in a red Ford SUV about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The man refused to yield and sped off, Escondido police Lt. Neal Griffin said. As the officers gave chase, the suspect lost control of the vehicle, sending it crashing into a wall at Avenida Magoria and Del Lago Boulevard, near Kit Carson Park.

suv shot outThe driver then got out of the SUV, allegedly carrying two guns. When he began to raise one of them, the SDPD officers opened fire, killing him at the scene, Griffin told reporters.

The man’s name was withheld pending family notification.

While inspecting the suspect’s vehicle, police spotted seven cylindrical objects that turned out to be pipe bombs. Personnel with the San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team were called in, and they used a robotic device to safely detonate some of the homemade grenades and collect the others for disposal.

Several nearby homes were evacuated while the bomb squad dealt with the explosives, Griffin said.

Authorities did not immediately disclose why the suspect was being sought.


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