DEL MAR, Calif. — A suspect was shot by Sheriff’s deputies Friday night after a pursuit ended in Del Mar.
Police say the pursuit began around 8:45 p.m. in Vista. A San Diego Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a suspected DUI driver in a 2005 black Audio near the intersection of Poinsettia Ave. and Linda Vista Dr. The driver dismissed the deputy’s demands to stop and got into the westbound SR-78 from Sycamore Dr.
The suspect continued onto the southbound lanes of I-5 where he was traveling at speeds ranging from 65-100 mph, said Lt. Anthony Dupree with SDPD.
At some point during the chase with, a female passenger exited the vehicle while the suspect continued.
Dupree says that at some point during the chase while the passenger was in the car, the suspect called 911 and told the dispatcher he had a loaded 9MM handgun and wanted to commit “suicide-by cop.”
The Audi traveled across Leucadia Blvd. and back onto the southbound I-5, eventually exiting at Carmel Valley Road. The vehicle traveled westbound to the 2500 block of Carmel Valley Rd. before veering south into the Torrey Preserve marsh where the suspect advanced toward deputies, said Lt. Dupree.
Police say they gave the suspect verbal commands to stop, but those commands were ignored. The suspect also kept his right hand behind his back and got into a shooting stance that caused deputies to fire shots at the pursuit suspect.
The suspect was shot in the upper body and taken to a hospital. Police say he is in stable condition.
The deputies involved were a 5-year veteran and a 2-year veteran with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.
This is a developing story.