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VALLEY CENTER, Calif. -- A man is dead following a police chase that ended in a shooting close to the front doors of the Valley View Casino and Hotel on Saturday night, said San Diego Sheriff's Department Homicide Unit Lt. Rich Williams.
Around 7:30 p.m., Escondido police were called to a home on Timber Glen near Vista Verde Way for a disturbance call. The suspect, described as a middle-aged Hispanic man, then led officers on a high-speed chase into Valley Center.
Williams said the man finally came to a stop near the entrance to the casino at around 8 p.m. Witnesses told FOX 5 that they had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the car as it made it's way toward the resort.
Authorities say they believed the man was armed, and that a "confrontation ensued" near the casino doors that ended with an officer shooting the man. He was treated by casino medics at the scene and taken to a local hospital, but later died, Williams confirmed.
The San Diego Sheriff's Department Homicide Unit is now in charge of the investigation and is asking anyone with information to talk with detectives.
The shooting and subsequent investigation also caused the casino to close its doors to anyone not inside the building at the time, according to Boyd Long, Vice President at Valley View Casino and Hotel.
No one else was hurt.