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SDPD: Fugitive uses car as deadly weapon, police shoot suspect

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A 28-year-old man accused of using his car to run over a San Diego Police officer is shot in the chest and recovering in the hospital.

SDPD investigators say around 8 p.m. Wednesday during an undercover operation in the Ramada Inn parking lot in Point Loma in the 2900 block of Garrison Street a fugitive was spotted by U.S. Marshals, state parole officers and SDPD officers.

Police are not naming the suspect but say he was wanted for drugs and weapons.

"The male saw the officers put the Jetta in reverse and rammed one of the undercover vehicles," said Lt. Jorge Duran.

Homicide detectives say the suspect then used a Volkswagen Jetta as a deadly weapon.

"The man refused commands, put the vehicle in drive and drove forward striking a police officer in his legs. The officer feared for his safety fired several rounds," said Duran.

Video shows immediately after the shooting officers demand the suspect out of the car. You can hear the suspect moaning from the multiple gunshot wounds to his chest.

An ambulance arrived and he was transported to UCSD Medical Center where police say he is in serious condition and is expected to survive.

Witnesses eating dinner nearby say they heard the chaos.

"We just sat down for dinner and hear four gunshots go off, ‘bang, bang, bang, bang,'" said Frank Brenha.

A North County man dropping off his family at the Ramada Inn for a flight back to Texas Thursday morning described the scene as intimidating.

"This is what they are leaving San Diego with a memory of and not a good thing," said Chuck Cuellar.

Lt. Duran says the officer who was hit is OK and is on routine leave during the investigation.

During the investigation police blocked off Scott Street between Fenelon Street and North Harbor Drive.

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