SAN DIEGO — One suspect was shot by police and another remains at large following a Friday morning confrontation in University City, authorities said.
Authorities say a call came in around 3 a.m. reporting two suspects were breaking into vehicles at an apartment complex on the 3400 block of Lebon Drive.
According to the San Diego Police Department, responding officers located the suspects inside a stolen vehicle. Authorities say verbal commands were given, but the suspects fled on foot.
During a pursuit, one suspect turned towards the officers with a firearm in his hand, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s office. Officials say this suspect fired at least one round at the officers, prompting one officer to discharge his duty weapon multiple times.
This suspect was hit with several rounds and went down to the ground, SDSO confirmed. His firearm was located nearby. Officers provided medical aid before he transporting the individual to a local hospital. He’s expected to survive his injuries.
No officers were injured during this incident.
Police say the other suspect is still on the loose. He’s described as a Hispanic man in his 20s that stands about 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue mask, black hoodie and grey pants.
“Given the circumstances this morning, they (the suspect) should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Lt. Adam Sharki with SDPD.
Neighbors know the University City apartment complex off Lebon Drive to be quiet. However, it quickly became the scene of two police investigations Friday morning.
“That kind of stuff doesn’t happen at UTC. This is the first time,” said Ray Khorami, who has lived in the area for four years.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation into the police shooting, while San Diego police continue to investigate the break-ins.
Taking a look back at his own ungated parking, Khorami said he has never considered the risks.
“No, it hasn’t worried me so far but now, it’s different now. Yeah, it does worry me now,” Khorami added.
Anyone with information is encouraged call the Homicide Unit at (858) 285-6330/after hours at (858) 565-5200, or Crime Stoppers at 619-235-8477.