Sheriff’s sergeant shoots murder suspect at rest stop

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man wanted on suspicion of murdering a 72-year-old Borrego Springs resident at the victim's home Wednesday morning was shot to death by a sheriff's sergeant hours later during a confrontation at a roadside rest stop in the East County highlands.

The lawman was driving near the intersection of State Route 79 and Interstate 8 in the Descanso area shortly before 1 p.m. when he noticed a parked truck linked to this morning's fatal stabbing in the desert town near the Imperial County line, sheriff's acting Lt. Roy Frank told reporters.

The sergeant pulled over, got out of his vehicle and approached the light-blue pickup, spotting a man, later identified as Craig Petersen, in the cargo bed, according to Frank.

“As (the sergeant) continued to walk up on the truck, the suspect grabbed a weapon that appeared to be a firearm, and the sergeant at that point in time discharged his firearm, striking the suspect,” Frank told news crews near the scene of the shooting.

Petersen, 52, collapsed and died in the back of the truck. The lawman, whose name was not released, was uninjured.

Authorities had been searching for the suspect since shortly after 7 a.m., following the stabbing death in the 2100 block of Borrego Hills Road. A relative of the victim identified Petersen as the alleged killer, according to Frank.

The victim's name was withheld pending full notification of his family.

Prior to the slaying, Petersen “was known to law enforcement, and he was known to the victim, as well,” Frank said.

The two men reportedly had been acquainted for about 10 years.

Authorities released no suspected motive for the fatal stabbing.

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