SAN DIEGO — A murder suspect was wounded Monday morning in Point Loma when undercover officers tried to take him into custody, federal officers said.
Members of a fugitive task force, led by U.S. Marshals and assisted by San Diego police, were attempting to arrest a man in his 40s in the 1600 block of Catalina Boulevard at about 8:35 a.m. when the shooting took place, U.S. Marshals said. The man was wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Linda Vista on Sunday evening, investigators said.
Officers learned that the suspect was staying at a home on Catalina Boulevard, and when they approached, the man got into a black Ford Mustang and tried to drive away, marshals said. The suspect drove at an undercover officer and clipped him, at which point several task force members opened fire on the Mustang.
Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots, followed by a crash. Undercover officers were heard screaming, “Stop! Get your hands up!” and then more gunshots rang out, one woman told Fox 5. She said she saw a man lying by a black sedan that appeared to have crashed in the front yard of a home. The man was surrounded by undercover officers, she said.
Paramedics took the wounded man to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, a San Diego fire-rescue dispatcher said. He was in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds, marshals said.
Police originally said the shooting took place during a probation check.