A SWAT confrontation was underway in the Mountain View neighborhood early Monday after a San Diego police officer was shot while pursuing a suspect who was driving a stolen vehicle, police said.
The wounded officer was shot multiple times and rushed to hospital, where he underwent surgery. He was reported in stable condition, police Lt. Adam Sharki said.
Hostage negotiators and police surrounded an apartment south of 43rd Street near Newton Avenue where they believe the man locked himself up. The hours-long standoff was still going on at 8 a.m.
Police closed several streets in the area and evacuated nearby residents as they tried to persuade the man to turn himself in, Sharki said.
“The problem is that this guy is dangerous. We believe he was armed – he clearly was when he shot the officer. We are giving him every chance to surrender peacefully,” Sharki said.
The incident began shortly after 12:20 a.m. when police, aided by a helicopter, attempted to intercept someone driving a stolen Toyota. The suspect fled with patrol cars which pursued him for about an hour.
Shortly before 1:30 a.m., the suspect abandoned the car at 45th Street and Logan Avenue and ran off with officers in pursuit.
As he ran, he shot at officers pursuing him, Sharki said. Officers did not respond.
An officer was hit several times. Other officers immediately administered first aid and put the injured man in a police cruiser and rushed him to a nearby hospital.
An officer in the police helicopter saw the suspect enter the apartment.
“We know who he is,” San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit told Fox 5 San Diego. “We have identified him. We’re trying to get in touch with him through megaphones, through other devices, through family, but we’re not going to identify him at this time.
Sharki said police closed Logan Avenue from 44th to 46th Streets, as well as smaller streets in the area. Residents of the area have been asked to shelter in place.
Anyone due to leave the area this morning is asked to report a police officer or call the police non-emergency number – (619) 531-2000 – for a police escort from the area, Sharki said.
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