Police officer opens fire on suspects in Chula Vista

CHULA VISTA (CNS) – Two men and a teenage boy were detained by Chula Vista police early Thursday in connection with a shooting in which a police officer fired several rounds at a vehicle as its driver tried repeatedly to run him down, police said.

The gunfire in the east alley of the 400 block of Third Avenue occurred around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to Chula Vista police Lt. Vern Sallee.

A few moments earlier, the patrolman was in a marked police car and saw a vehicle being driven erratically in the area of Third Avenue and G Street, Sallee said in a statement.

The officer followed the vehicle into the alley, where he planned to conduct a traffic stop, but before he could turn his light bar on, the suspect vehicle stopped and backed up into the front of the patrol car, Sallee said.

The officer exited his vehicle as the other driver pulled his forward before making a quick U-turn and accelerating toward the patrol car and the officer, who was at this point standing near the front driver's side of the patrol car, Sallee said.

The suspect's vehicle struck the patrol car again, losing its front bumper and grill in the process. Sallee said the officer responded by firing several shots from his service weapon at the suspect vehicle as it came toward him before the suspect drove off.

The suspect vehicle was found about a block away a short time later, empty but with several bullet holes, Sallee said.

Two men and a teen boy suspected of having been in the suspect vehicle during the officer-involved shooting were detained in separate locations in the area, Sallee said, noting there may have been a fourth occupant who got away.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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