Man arrested after pursuit, shootout with officers in Escondido

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A suspect in an early morning shooting in Escondido was arrested today after allegedly leading officers on a brief pursuit and firing a handgun at them, prompting one of them to wound him with return fire.

Dispatchers received a call around 1:30 a.m. from a person reporting that a man in a Dodge Charger was firing shots at a home in the 1400 block of Rincon Villa Drive, near El Norte Park, Escondido police Sgt. Shannon Martin said.

The gunfire resulted in no reported injuries.

Responding patrol officers soon spotted the sports car and tried to pull the driver over, Martin said.

The suspect refused to yield, fleeing to the north on Interstate 15 into the unincorporated Jesmond Dene area, near San Marcos.

After exiting onto Deer Springs Road, the man, believed to be in his 30s, ran over tire-flattening spike strips, then got out of his disabled car at Mesa Rock Road and ran off, Martin said.

As he fled, the suspect fired four to six shots from a handgun at officers, and one returned fire, wounding him and putting an end to the chase, said Lt. Michael Blevins of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which was called in to investigate the law enforcement shooting.

Officers took the man, whose name was not immediately available, into custody around 1:40 a.m., Martin said.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to a hospital for treatment of a bullet wound to one of his feet, then released back into police custody.

Two officers suffered minor injuries unrelated to the gunfire during the pursuit, Martin said.

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