Felony suspect killed in Vista deputy-involved shooting identified

VISTA (KUSI) — 7/6/2017 — The documented gang member killed Wednesday in a deputy-involved shooting in Vista was identified Thursday as 24-year-old Jonathon Coronel. 

According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. 

Patrol personnel and members of a gang-enforcement team spotted Coronel riding in a green Buick on North Melrose Drive in Vista about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday and recognized him as a probationer wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant, according to sheriff’s officials.

Before deputies could conduct a traffic stop, the driver of the car abruptly pulled to a halt, and Coronel jumped out and ran, Lt. Kenneth Nelson said.

The suspect fled for several blocks to the east, climbing over fences and running through private yards before a deputy caught up with him behind a home in the 200 block of Knoll Road.

During an ensuing confrontation, the lawman fired 12 to 15 rounds at the suspect with his service pistol. Coronel, a Vista resident, died from multiple gunshot wounds at the scene of the shooting.

Exactly what Coronel was doing when the deadly gunfire erupted — including any possible threatening moves and whether he had turned to face his pursuers — remained under investigation this afternoon as detectives sorted through various witness statements, according to Nelson.

The suspect had no weapons on him at the time of the shooting, the lieutenant said. Deputies did, however, recover a knife and a sharpened screwdriver or similar object along the path Coronel took while trying to escape.

Investigators were trying to determine if the fleeing probationer might have dropped or tossed away those items during the chase, the lieutenant said.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

7/5/2017 — A documented gang member who led deputies on a pursuit through a Vista neighborhood was shot and killed by a deputy Wednesday morning, according to a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson.

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) deputies spotted a man wanted for an outstanding felony warrant just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to SDSO spokesperson Ryan Keim. The suspect was described as a described as a Hispanic male in his 20s.

Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop when the suspect fled in a vehicle before stopping near the 300 block of N. Melrose Drive and taking off on foot, Keim said.

The man jumped over several fences in a nearby neighborhood and was eventually located in the 200 block of Knoll Road. At that point a deputy-involved shooting occurred. The suspect was pronounced dead on scene, Keim said.

There were no outstanding suspects and there is no threat to the community, SDSO said. The circumstances that led to the shooting were being investigated. Homicide detectives remained on scene as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Residents were asked to avoid the areas of North Melrose Drive, Copper Drive, Knoll Road, Ferrara Way and Plymouth Drive.

Anyone with information was asked to call San Diego Sheriff’s at 858-565-5200.

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