Identity of woman killed by cop after high-speed chase sought
EL CAJON, Calif. — A woman shot and killed by a police officer as she rode in an alleged stolen car remains unidentified, authorities said Sunday.
It happened about 1:25 a.m. Saturday when officers saw the suspected stolen vehicle in the 1300 block of East Main Street and gave chase when its driver sped away on Second Street and then on westbound Interstate 8 with officers pursuing in a chase at speeds reaching 90 mph, El Cajon police said.
The Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim only as a 25-year-old woman.
“The vehicle exited the freeway at the West Main Street exit and continued across West Main to a cul-de-sac on South Pierce Street,” El Cajon Police Lt. Frank La Haye said. “The suspect vehicle made a U-turn bringing it head-on with pursuing officers. As one officer got out of his vehicle to approach the suspect vehicle, it drove towards the officer.
“The officer, fearing for his life, fired four rounds at the suspect vehicle, which continued ramming into two police cars before stopping,” La Haye said.
La Haye said the woman and a dog sitting in the front passenger side of the car were struck by gunfire. The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment, where she was pronounced dead.
Three men in the suspected stolen vehicle were arrested, two on suspicion of narcotics-related offenses, and a third man, the driver, arrested for suspicion of attempted murder on a police officer and felony evading, La Haye said.
La Haye said the officer who fired at the suspect vehicle has been a police officer for three years.