Man suspected of shooting at Carlsbad police car arrested

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SAN DIEGO — A man who allegedly unleashed a barrage of gunfire on a pursuing Carlsbad police car during a predawn road chase, causing no injuries but disabling the cruiser, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer.

Detectives took 27-year-old Cameron Avery Valentine into custody in Clairemont. He was expected to be booked into county jail in Vista on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer, evading arrest and other charges.

The events that led to the shooting began about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, when an auto burglary was reported in the 2300 block of La Costa Avenue in Carlsbad.

A witness described seeing the possible perpetrator of the vehicle break- in driving off in a light-colored truck, possibly a Ford Ranger, Lt. Mickey Williams said.

A short time later, an officer spotted a pickup matching that description and tried to pull it over on Palomar Airport Road. The driver refused to yield and sped off.

As the officer gave chase, the suspect fired seven or eight rounds toward the pursuing squad car, striking the front of it several times. The unscathed officer refrained from returning fire for public safety reasons, Williams said.

The chase continued into San Marcos at speeds exceeding 100 mph. After several miles, the police car broke down in the area of Discovery Way due to the gunfire damage, and the suspect got away.

Outside of putting every possible effort into identifying and tracking down the shooter, authorities did not disclose what led them to Valentine.

“Investigators, with the assistance of other countywide law enforcement agencies, have used all available resources and have worked around the clock toward the resolution of this incident,” Carlsbad police Capt. Neil Gallucci said.

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