Police officer shot in Escondido leads hours long to manhunt
ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – A police officer was shot Monday morning after responding to a domestic violence incident in Escondido and authorities were searching for the suspected shooter, police said.
Shortly after 2:45 a.m., officers responded to a reported domestic violence disturbance at a home in the 1300 block of Morning View Drive, just west of Centre City Parkway and north of West Lincoln Avenue, according to Escondido police.
Police said the suspect was found dead in a vacant apartment at approximately 7:45 a.m.
The Escondido Police Department and allied agencies received information that the suspect was seen in a vacant apartment in the 700 block of West Lincoln.
Tactical units quickly responded to the area. While they were responding, the sound of a gunshot was heard from within the apartment.
Tactical teams surrounded the apartment, and subsequent search of the apartment resulted in the location of a male believed to be Anastasio Rosas Jr. who appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Investigators believe that Rosas was the only suspect being sought, and there is no further danger to the public.
Officers learned a man involved in the disturbance left the home with “a high-powered rifle,” the department reported.
Shortly after 3 a.m., officers found the man driving near Reidy Creek, south of Lincoln Avenue, then the man allegedly shot an Escondido police officer.
The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment of at least one gunshot wound and was in stable condition, police said.
Authorities released a photo of the suspected gunman, identified as 27- year-old Anastasio Rosas Jr., who was last seen near Morning View Drive and Lincoln Avenue and was believed to be armed and dangerous.
Rosas was described as Hispanic, 5-foot-7, and about 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black long-sleeve shirt and shorts.
Authorities shut down the transition ramps from northbound and southbound Interstate 15 to eastbound state Route 78 as well as Centre City Parkway from El Norte Parkway to Mission Avenue for the investigation.