ESCONDIDO, Calif. – A suspect in a North County shooting died Friday night after being shot by an Escondido police officer following a brief chase, authorities said.
The initial shooting happened around 5 p.m. at the rear of a Walmart store at 1330 E. Grand Ave. in Escondido, a watch commander told FOX 5. According to police, the suspect is believed to have shot into a vehicle that was occupied by a 20-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy.
The 20-year-old suffered minor injuries and checked himself into the Palomar Medical Center.
Officers then spotted the shooting suspect’s car just after 6:10 p.m. and gave chase, the watch commander said.
That chase ended after about five minutes at Encino Drive and Bear Valley Parkway when the man crashed the vehicle, Escondido police Sgt. Jeff Valdivia told City News Service. What prompted police to open fire — and how many officers discharged their weapons — remains unclear.
The man, a 38-year-old Escondido resident, was taken to Palomar Medical Center, where he died, officials said. He was not publicly identified by police, but officers say he was known to them and that he was carrying a 9 mm handgun at the time of the incident.
No other injuries were reported.
City News Service contributed to this report.