Police shoot suspected car thief

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EL CAJON, Calif. — A suspected auto thief was rushed to the hospital after he was shot by a police officer in East County Wednesday morning.

The shooting happened around 9 a.m. on South Johnson Avenue near El Cajon Boulevard, the El Cajon Police Department said. Officers were approaching a man in a car that had been reported stolen when something prompted them to open fire, police said, but they did not immediately share any other details about what led up to the shooting.

The man was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound. Police said he was admitted to the hospital in “stable condition.”

Officers closed the street to traffic and asked the public to avoid the area for several hours while they investigated.

Police were expected to release more information later Wednesday afternoon.

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