San Diego investigator shoots suspect in car theft

DA investigator fires at man suspected of stealing car, trying to run down police officer, police say

An investigator from the San Diego County district attorney's office shot and wounded a suspect in a stolen car investigation Wednesday, police said.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. in the Southcrest neighborhood when members of a regional auto theft task force were attempting to arrest the driver of a suspected stolen car.

As officers blocked the car, the driver put the vehicle in reverse, hitting a police car, according to San Diego police Lt. Mike Hastings. The driver then sped forward near where an officer was standing.

A nearby district attorney investigator fired at the driver, hitting him in the shoulder, Hastings said. The car then crashed into a light pole and the driver, waving a handgun, began running, he said.

The suspect, identified only as an 18-year-old man, was arrested and taken to a hospital where he was listed in good condition.

His passenger, an 18-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries in the crash and also was taken to a hospital and was in good condition, Hastings said.

The name of the investigator, a 16-year veteran of law enforcement, was not released.

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