Escondido officer shot during manhunt expected to make full recovery

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A police sergeant has been released from the hospital after he was shot during a manhunt in Escondido Monday.

Police say 29-year-old Anastasio Rosas Jr. opened fire on the officer during a traffic stop before Rosas was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers started investigating shortly after 2:45 a.m., when they were called to the 1300 block of Morning View Drive for a domestic violence incident. They learned a man had driven off from the home with a high-powered rifle.

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About 15 minutes later, police stopped a vehicle matching the description in the area of Reidy Creek, south of Lincoln Avenue. Police said Rosas was in the driver seat and fired at officers.

“The subject, later identified as Rosas, quickly exited the driver’s side door and fired at least one round into the police cars,” Escondido Police Capt. Justin Murphy said. “The bullet went through the driver’s side door of the police car and struck the officer while he was still seated.”

Officers took cover and called for backup as the wounded police sergeant was taken to Palomar Medical Center.

Authorities shut down several roads in the area as they searched for Rosas. At 7:45 a.m., a maintenance worker found a man hiding in a vacant apartment near 700 West Lincoln Avenue and notified a nearby deputy.

As tactical officers got to the area, they heard a gunshot. A robot searched the apartment and found Rosas dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Anastasio Rosas Jr. (Credit: Escondido Police Department)

“Investigators believe that Rosas was the only suspect being sought, and there is no further danger to the public,” police said in a statement.

The wounded officer, a sergeant in the patrol division, has served the Escondido Police Department for 12 years. He was released from the hospital hours after the bullet went straight through his left buttocks, police said.

“He wanted to come back to work tonight,” Murphy said. “He’s a great guy with a great personality, very humble. Obviously he’s thankful too. He doesn’t want any attention on himself, he just wants to heal and come back to work … He should be making a full recovery, and we’re just so thankful.”

California Highway Patrol temporarily closed Centre City Parkway from El Norte Parkway to Mission Avenue, southbound Interstate 15 to eastbound state Route 78 and northbound Interstate 15 to eastbound state Route 78.

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