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Police investigate officer-involved shooting in Southcrest

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An 18-year-old auto theft suspect was wounded Wednesday when he allegedly accelerated a stolen sedan in the direction of officers in front of a Southcrest gas station, prompting another lawman to shoot him.

The alleged car thief found the blue Honda Accord he and a young woman were in blocked by vehicles driven by members of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force at the northeast corner of National Avenue and South 35th Street shortly after 11 a.m., according to San Diego police.

The suspect tried to get away by accelerating in reverse, ramming a police car behind him, SDPD Lt. Mike Hastings said.

He then drove forward toward an officer, prompting a District Attorney's Office investigator working with the law enforcement team to open fire, Hastings said.

Three shots then rang out, witnesses told news crews, and seconds later the Accord smashed into a light pole at high speed.

At that point, the injured suspect jumped out of the disabled car with a pistol in his hand and made a failed attempt to escape on foot, the lieutenant said. Officers caught up with him in a nearby alley, and medics took him to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest for treatment of a bullet wound to the shoulder.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately available, was listed in good condition late Wednesday afternoon, Hastings said.

His 18-year-old passenger also was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries she suffered when the stolen car crashed to a halt. It was unclear if she also was considered a suspect in the auto-theft case.


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