Man killed in East County after suspected car theft leads to shooting

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EL CAJON, Calif. — Police believe an attempted car theft led to a violent fight in East County Thursday morning, ending in a shooting that left a man dead.

The events that led to the deadly shooting began shortly before 9:30 a.m., when an off-duty security guard interrupted a possible vehicle burglary or carjacking in the 1300 block of East Main Street in El Cajon, according to police.

“During the incident, the owner of the vehicle (became) involved, and an altercation ensued,” Lt. Royal Bates said. “At some point during the altercation, the vehicle owner fired a handgun, striking and killing the suspect.”

The deceased, whose name was not immediately available, died at the scene of the shooting, said Sonny Saghera, spokesman for Heartland Fire & Rescue.

Details about the deadly confrontation — including whether the shooter will face criminal charges — remained scarce in the late afternoon.

“The (El Cajon Police Department) Investigations Division is still in the early stages of gathering information, and we will release details as we learn more about what occurred,” Bates said.

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