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Fleeing Driver Prompts Officer-Involved Shooting

A woman was hurt in a pursuit and crash in Barrio Logan Friday, which also led officers firing shots as she drove away from police in a truck that had been reported stolen.San Diego Police Department (SDPD) officers descended on Cesar E. Chavez Parkway and Main Street, near Harbor Drive, just after 7 a.m. The location is near the popular Northgate Gonzalez Markets, the Barrio Logan Trolley Station and the Coronado Bridge. Brothers, Ex-Girlfriend Sentenced in Brutal Killing Police officers had received reports of a stolen vehicle in the area and tried to pull over the woman behind the wheel.Witness Rose Santos told NBC 7 the driver fled and officers fired at the truck. The woman kept going, crashing the white pickup truck into a pole near the Cesar E. Chavez Campus and Barrio Logan Trolley Station at Main Street and Harbor Drive. The side of the pickup truck was labeled with the logo, “Neal Electric.” ‘Small-Format’ Target Store Planned for North Park According to police, an officer was standing outside his patrol car with his weapon drawn when the woman approached the area near the Barrio Logan Trolley Station. The woman began driving toward the officer and he opened fire.She was not hit by any gunshots. Killer Sought in Spring Valley Parking Lot Fight After that, police said the suspect crashed into the pole. She suffered an injury to her nose in the crash.No officers were injured, the police department confirmed.After the crash, Santos said she and her boyfriend saw the driver jump out of the truck. Police chased the driver on foot; she fell and police tackled the suspect to the ground.At the location where the truck crashed, NBC 7 news crews also spotted a San Diego police patrol SUV with its passenger window shattered and two bullet holes in the windshield.About a half-mile away, at Sampson Street and Harbor Drive, police officers roped off a second scene where they were collecting shell casings and other evidence. SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman was being briefed at that scene.Meanwhile, trolley service at the nearby Barrio Logan Trolley Station was temporarily halted. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) said it would operate a bus bridge on the UC San Diego Blue Line between 12th Street and Imperial Avenue and 8th Street.As of 9 a.m., MTS said UC San Diego Blue Line trains were single-tracking between Barrio Logan and 8th Street and riders could expect delays between 15 to 20 minutes.The investigation is ongoing. At this point, it is unclear how many shots were fired by the police officer and whether any shots were fired from inside the police car with the damaged windows.The name of the woman has not been released. Police said she’s 32 years old, and told officers she had recently arrived in San Diego from Colorado.No other information was available.Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
Source: NBC San Diego

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