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Lemon Grove man shot by San Diego police dies

SAN DIEGO - A 40-year-old man from Lemon Grove who was shot Thursday in a confrontation with San Diego police died Saturday of his wounds, authorities said.

Jose Luis Navarro had pointed a gun at officers after an hour-long pursuit when he refused to stop his vehicle, authorities said.

Four officers "fearing for their safety" opened fire, Lt. Mike Hastings said.

The incident began when an officer sought to stop Navarro's car for a traffic violation. As the officer approached the car, it sped away.

Other officers joined the pursuit after being alerted that the car fit the description of one linked to a shooting Monday that injured two persons and that the suspect had a gun, authorities said.

A gun and drugs were found in Navarro's car, authorities said.

The four officers are described as six-, seven-, nine- and 24-year veterans of the department. The chase occurred in San Diego and National City and ended in the Mount Hope area of San Diego.

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