Gunfire disables cop car during pursuit in Carlsbad

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CARLSBAD, Calif. - A Carlsbad police car caught fire after a vehicle burglary suspect opened fire at it during a pursuit early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The police chase began on the 2300 block of La Costa Avenue near El Camino Real around 3:30 a.m. after police responded to a report of a vehicle break-in.

"The caller looked out the window and saw a male suspect burglarizing their vehicle," said Lt. Mickey Williams, Carlsbad Police Department.

The witness told police the suspect sped off in a pick-up truck, possibly a Ford Ranger.  Police spotted the truck near Palomar Airport road near Bressi Ranch and began to follow the car.

"As soon as the officer activated his overhead emergency lights, the suspect shot at the officer.  We believe 7 to 8 times," said Lt. Williams.

Three shots hit the police car, but the officer continued to chase the suspect.

"The suspect proceeded to flee at a high rate of speed eastbound on Palomar Airport road at over 100mph," said Lt. Williams.  "Our officer was not able to return fire, because at the time he was driving his patrol car and he was not able to do so."

The chase continued east along Palomar Airport Road into San Marcos, where the shooter was able to evade police.

"Our officer had to terminate the pursuit, because his patrol vehicle was unable to continue due to being shot in the engine," said Williams.

The officer has been with the Carlsbad force for two years, he is going to be fine.  Police are calling it attempted murder of a police officer.

"That’s what it was our officer was shot at multiple times as he attempted to pursue a burglary suspect," said Williams.

Eastbound Palomar Airport Road was closed between El Camino Real and Melrose Drive as officers continued to investigate. The road reopened around 9:15 a.m., police said.

No description of the gunman was available. Anyone with information is asked to call police.


  • John Q Public

    Hmmm… anyone want to take a wild guess at what the nationality of the suspect was? I’m going to go ahead and venture a guess and say Hispanic.

  • Kathryn D.

    The officer was doing his job attempting to contact a possible suspect in a crime, and considering that the driver of the truck opened fire before the officer was even possibly able to see him AT ALL at that hour of darkness, I seriously doubt he was able to discern the race (or gender) of who was shooting at him. That another law enforcement officer could have become another of the rising statistics of officers dying in the line of duty IS the issue. I’m just very grateful the officer wasn’t wounded or burned from his unit catching fire after taking a bullet intended for the officer. Any loss of human life in a violent manner is a tragedy.

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