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Double murder suspect captured following standoff

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) - The suspect in a shooting that left a 20-year-old woman and her 22-year-old brother dead was taken into custody, after being wounded in an officer-involved shooting early Friday near Joyner Elementary School in City Heights, police said.

Felipe Dejesus Vega, 39, was shot once in his upper torso during a struggle with an officer and was taken to a hospital to be treated for the non-life-threatening gunshot wound, San Diego police Capt. David Nisleit told reporters at an early morning news briefing.

According to police, the suspect failed to yield, speeding on Interstate 15 at 80-miles-per-hour.

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The suspect exited on southbound Interstate 805 at 43rd street. He tossed a pistol onto the on-ramp, but an officer following recovered the pistol.

The suspect came to a stop on Van Dyke Avenue in City Heights where he refused to exit the car. Police officers gave the suspect orders to exit the vehicle and menaced him with a K-9 unit.

Officer had to break the car’s windows to fire pepper bells into the vehicle, but the suspect continued to refuse to surrender. A Bearcat armored vehicle was called in to help out.

The shooting came around two hours after the suspect holed up inside his green Oldsmobile Cutlass in the vicinity of Myrtle and Van Dyke avenues at the end of a roughly 20-minute pursuit Thursday night. Nisleit said officers initially attempted to coax Vega out of the car using pepper balls and other chemical agents, but they had little effect.

A nearby apartment complex was evacuated, and no other injuries were reported.

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Vega is suspected of killing acquaintances Alex Velarde and Arline Iribe behind a Mountain View-area home last weekend. The siblings died from their wounds on a rear driveway at the South 43rd Street residence.

Witnesses told investigators the victims had been arguing with Vega prior to the gunfire, police said. The nature of the disagreement was not immediately clear.

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