Deputy shoots, kills gang member after foot chase

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VISTA, Calif. – A chase between a documented gang member wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant and deputies in a Vista neighborhood Wednesday ended with the suspect dead, according to authorities.

Homicide detectives were investigating the deadly shooting that happened at Knoll Drive around 10:30 a.m., San Diego County Sheriff Lt. Ryan Keim said.

Deputies attempted to pull over a green Buick with a passenger who had an active felony warrant for his arrest on the 300 block of Melrose Drive, but he got out of the car and ran into a residential neighborhood, Keim said. The suspect jumped over several fences before being confronted by at least one deputy.

The deputy fired his weapon multiple times and hit the suspect, San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Ken Nelson said. Deputies began first aid and CPR, but the man died before he could be taken to a hospital.

The suspect was only described as a known gang member and 24 years old, according to Keim.

Investigators say the shooting took place in a busy residential neighborhood. They then talked to several witnesses.

"He was at my car window like talking to me, as if he was just a friend," said witness Pamela Piper.

Piper told FOX 5 she encountered and even spoke to the victim prior to him being shot.

“I had pulled into my driveway and there’s a man standing in my driveway and I asked him, 'what are you doing at my house?' I said, 'what are you doing here?' And he said, 'I’m running from the cops.' I said, 'you get away from my house.' It was a super short conversation. A few words were exchanged but he was so chill, as if nothing was wrong."

No law enforcement officers were injured in the shooting, according to authorities.

"There are no outstanding suspects and there is no danger to the community," the sheriff's department said. "Avoid the areas of North Melrose Drive, Copper Drive which turns to Knoll Road, Ferrara Way and Plymouth Drive."

Several streets in the area were closed for several hours.

Investigators did not say whether the suspect was armed with a weapon. K9's have been brought in to search the area for any firearms or weapons that may have been discarded during the pursuit.

Information on the deputy involved in the shooting will not be released for at least three business days, according to Lt. Ken Nelson.

Anyone with information about the shooting has been asked to call sheriff's department at 858-565-5200. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.