SAN DIEGO — A San Diego police officer was shot early Monday in Mountain View, prompting a SWAT standoff, authorities said.
Around 12:30 a.m., officers started pursuing a stolen car about two miles away in the 3500 block of Main Street near Naval Base San Diego, police said. When the suspect abandoned the vehicle near 45th Street and Logan Avenue in Mountain View, he was chased by officers and opened fire, in turn, hitting an officer multiple times, police said.
“Officers were not able to return fire,” Lt. Adam Sharki told FOX 5.
The suspect then barricaded himself near an apartment complex in the 1000 block of South 44th Street, police said. A SWAT team was in a standoff with the suspect for more than 9 hours until around 10:36 a.m. Police said they detained the suspect after determining he was overdosing inside the building. Officers then went inside the home and administered Narcan to save the man’s life.
Chief David Nisleit said the suspect, who has now been identified as 21-year-old Andrew Garcia of San Diego, was found with a ghost gun.
After receiving medical treatment, Garcia will be booked into jail for one count of attempted murder of a police officer, felony evading, auto theft, reckless discharge of a firearm into an inhabited dwelling and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, said police.
Officers performed life-saving measures on the wounded officer and took him to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery. Officials said the officer is now recovering and his injuries are not considered life-threatening.
During a news conference, Nisleit said the injured officer, who has been with the department for a year and a half, had one bullet strike his vest which may have saved his life.
Police did close some nearby streets but have since reopened.
An investigation into the officer-involved shooting is underway.