High-speed pursuit from San Diego ends in standoff near LAX; person in custody
The pursuit ended Saturday evening, when LAPD Lt. Mike Lopez and San Diego police officers caught up with one of three people who left the scene of a fatal shooting in a residential area of Escondido. The pursuit in which the man was shot began near an apartment complex in Escondido just before 7 p.m. and ended at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, where the man was eventually taken into custody.
“The pursuit ended peacefully after police were able to end it in downtown San Diego,” Sgt. Javier Salazar, deputy chief of press in the LAPD’s East Area Command, said in a statement. “The suspect is being booked and is in police custody.”
By the time the chase began, Lopez and other San Diego police officers had responded to a series of calls about a possible murder-suicide in South San Diego. The officers were called to the scene of a shooting in a residential area in the city of Escondido, where police found the man who was killed. Lopez said the San Diego Police Department received multiple calls about the shooting, which killed the man, in the 1200 block of Hill Street, near the intersection of Hill and Pacific Ocean Drives.
“This was a man who was murdered during a shooting that took place in a residential area,” Lopez said.
The suspect, a 19-year-old black male wearing what looked like a white t-shirt and jeans, was shot, and he died at the scene. The man had taken his own life as he left his home, Lopez said, but he had not been shot inside the home itself. A neighbor said she heard the gunshots; she saw a man on a sidewalk, then he climbed over a roof and was gone.
“He was carrying a briefcase, so he made his way to a public area,” Lopez said of the suspect. “We don’t know why he did that, but that’s what police are working to find out.”
Police found the 19-year-old man after the man made his way down the street and made his way into the apartment building. There they learned the man lived in the apartment building.