EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Violent manhunt comes to deadly end
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An armed-robbery suspect who stormed into several Bay Terraces-area homes Friday, shooting one resident and holding another hostage for a time, died in a fusillade of police gunfire when he tried to drive past a clutch of SWAT officers to make his escape, authorities reported.
The events that led to the deadly shooting began about 11:30 a.m., when a man armed with a rifle or shotgun demanded cash from workers at a gas station in the 400 block of South Meadowbrook Drive in eastern San Diego, San Diego Police Department public affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer told reporters.
Before fleeing, the thief fired the gun into the ceiling of the business in front of two female employees, Mayer said.
The bandit, who appeared to be in his 40s, drove off in a stolen white Suzuki sedan. After speeding a short distance to the west, the man lost control and crashed the vehicle at Parkwood Drive and Paradise Valley Road, then got out and tried in vain to set the disabled auto on fire.
At that point, the robber continued fleeing on foot through the neighborhood, barging into several homes in the process. In one, he shot a man in a foot, and in another he ordered a resident to give him clothing. The latter victim turned over a gray long-sleeved shirt, and the robber continued running through the area, sprinting across yards and scaling fences.
Finally, the bandit burst into a home on the 7400 block of Woodridge Way. There, he held a woman captive until she was able to get away from him and escape out the front of her residence, into a throng of heavily armed special weapons and tactics officers positioned outside.
A short time later, at about 1:45 p.m., the robber suddenly backed a car out of the woman's garage, crashing through the closed door. A chorus of shouted warnings and commands rang out among the police personnel, followed quickly by a barrage of gunfire.
The suspect, whose name was withheld pending family notification, died at the scene.
Inside the crashed Suzuki, authorities found what appeared to be Molotov cocktail-style incendiary devices, according to fire department officials.
During the search for the robber, administrators at nearby Boone Elementary and Bell Middle schools put the campuses on lockdown for about two hours as a precaution, Jack Brandais of the San Diego Unified School District said.