SAN DIEGO — A suspect who tried to run down an officer was being sought Sunday in Imperial Beach, police said.
Police say that at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, officers tried to stop a stolen Ford F150 truck in the 1900 block of Dairy Mart Road. It had allegedly been taken during a home invasion last weekend.
"The driver did not yield to the officer's lights and siren and a vehicle pursuit ensued,'' said Lt. Martha Sainz of the San Diego Police Department.
The pursuit began in the Nestor area and made its way into Imperial Beach.
At one point, the suspect drove down the 1100 block of Zurich Drive, which was a cul-de-sac, Sainz said.
The suspect then made a U-turn as officers left their cars and ordered the suspect to stop.
The suspect drove toward an officer and another officer fired his weapon at the suspect, according to Sainz.
"The suspect advanced right on him at which point he was able to dive out of the way in a split second,” said Sainz. "An officer fired his service weapon in defense of the officer who was almost struck by the vehicle."
The suspect fled with officers in pursuit, eventually stopping in the 1200 block of Holly Avenue in Imperial Beach and fleeing from the vehicle with a woman, who was eventually located, police said.
The man remained at large but authorities had reason to believe he may have made his way to an apartment complex nearby. While searching the area, police took one man into custody. He's believed to be the suspect's cousin and was wanted on an outstanding warrant.
During the pursuit, the suspect allegedly threw a handgun out of the vehicle, which officers recovered.
Homicide detectives were called to investigate the shooting, which hit the suspect's vehicle.
Police are unsure whether the suspect was hit.
Detectives learned that the suspect is wanted on suspicion of robbing a San Diego home on Wednesday. He was described as Hispanic, in his 30s, 5'8" tall, 180 pounds and wearing a ball cap.
No officers were injured in the incident, police said.
The unidentified officer who fired his weapon has been with the SDPD for three years.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.