SAN DIEGO — A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot an assault suspect who had escaped from a state park ranger’s vehicle while being taken to San Diego Central Jail Friday evening, police said.
A ranger was driving the 36-year-old suspected of assault with a deadly weapon at a local park to the jail, according to San Diego police. Shortly before 6 p.m., the suspect got out of the car near Front and West B streets and ran off. Two deputies just arriving for work saw the suspect running, and at least one of them fired their weapon, hitting the suspect.
“Those deputies gave chase and during that encounter, at least one shot was fired,” Capt. Richard Freedman said.
The suspect, who has not been publicly identified but is known to police, was taken to a hospital, where he died. The name of the deputy involved in the shooting also is not being released, police say.
The San Diego Police Homicide Unit will conduct the investigation with investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office monitoring the investigation, according to a Saturday news release.
Following the investigation, the case will be turned over to the county’s District Attorney’s Office for review.