The woman passenger fatally shot by Escondido police called a detective earlier the same morning to report that her boyfriend had a stolen car.
The victim was shot by police as her parolee boyfriend allegedly drove at an officer in a stolen car.
Jennifer Lynn Favreau, 31, the mother of a 9-year-old daughter, was declared dead at a hospital shortly after the roughly 11:30 a.m. shooting Thursday in a condominium parking lot in the 1800 block of East Grand Avenue, authorities said.
Christopher Ramirez, 27, who was uninjured, was booked on suspicion of auto theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. Under state law, he also could be charged with Favreau's death under what prosecutors call the felony death rule, which holds criminals liable for unintended consequences of their actions.
Favreau called an undercover detective about 9:30 a.m., saying that her boyfriend had a stolen car, police told The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Ramirez, scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Vista Superior Court in connection with the shooting, was released from prison in March on an auto theft conviction, police said.
Plainclothes detectives found the car parked in the back of the Pepperwood Meadows complex. Because two schools are nearby, they decided against blocking in the car and alerted both schools, which were put on "lockdown," the Union-Tribune reported.
Police meant to stop the car as it was leaving the entrance to the apartment complex.
With Ramirez driving and Favreau in the passenger seat as the car turned into the west driveway, officers tried to block it by pulling in front of the car, San Diego police Lt. Bob Benton told the newspaper.
Ramirez put the car in reverse and rammed another undercover officer, who was maneuvering to block it.
The officers got out of the car, and Ramirez allegedly accelerated toward them.
One detective fired four rounds, the Union-Tribune reported.
Ramirez rammed another patrol car blocking the driveway and, about that time, officers realized the passenger had been shot, police said.
The officer who shot Favreau was not named but described as a 10-year officer with the special investigations unit.
The car was stolen during a residential burglary, and police are looking into Ramirez's possible involvement, the Union-Tribune reported.Police said they declined to release a booking photo to avoid tainting the burglary investigation.
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