Deputy shoots robbery suspect in Encinitas

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ENCINITAS, Calif. -- An armed robbery suspect was wounded when a deputy opened fire during a foot chase in Encinitas early Monday morning.

The shooting  happened in the 1700 block of South El Camino Real around 5:30 a.m, according to a statement from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies were sent to investigate a report of an armed robbery in progress at the El Pueblo Mexican Restaurant in the 800 block of Birmingham Drive. Before deputies arrived, a caller reported that the robber had fled the restaurant on a blue motorcycle.

Deputies spotted a motorcyclist matching the robber's description near the intersection of Santa Fe Drive and El Camino Real. They chased the suspect a short distance until he crashed near the entrance of an apartment complex on El Camino Real and took off running.

A deputy ran after the fleeing man. At some point, the suspect confronted the deputy, who fire several shots. The suspect was wounded several times in his lower body.

The suspect, who was identified as  53-year-old Encinitas resident Robert Parkin, was taken to the hospital. His injuries were not  considered life-threatening, according to the statement. Investigators found a silver-colored handgun and cash believed to have been taken from the restaurant at the shooting scene.

No deputies were hurt and authorities say they aren't looking for additional suspects.

South El Camino Real near Santa Fe Drive was closed Monday morning due to the investigation. Authorities urged motorists to avoid the area.


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