Deputy U.S. marshal-involved shooting in Clairemont
Video Report By Jeff Zevely, Reporter - bio | email
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 34-year-old man wanted on drug charges allegedly rammed an SUV into a U.S. Marshals Service vehicle in Clairemont Wednesday, and was wounded when the two law enforcement officers opened fire.
The deputy marshals, both assigned to the San Diego Fugitive Task Force, were conducting surveillance at an address in the area when the fugitive they were looking for, Nicholas Pratl, arrived in a Mercedes-Benz SUV and parked in his driveway, said Omar Castillo of the U.S. Marshals Service.
The lawmen then approached the suspect, who was wanted on a warrant alleging possession of a controlled substance for sale, and attempted to arrest him. But Pratl allegedly rammed one of the law enforcement vehicles repeatedly, at which point the deputy marshals opened fire, Castillo said.
San Diego police homicide Capt. Terry McManus told reporters that the suspect drove toward the lawmen who, "fearing for their lives, removed their service weapons and fired into the vehicle, striking the suspect a number of times."
The suspect then lost control of the SUV, which rammed a parked car and crashed into an unoccupied house.
The wounded man was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, but a condition report was not available tonight.
Both deputy marshals were taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries, Castillo said.
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