Manhunt ends as suspect in Anaheim homicide and kidnapping is shot in San Diego

Luke Theodore Lampers, 35, was wanted in connection with a deadly motel shooting and a kidnapping in Anaheim. He was shot by police late Wednesday.
(Anaheim Police Department)

The hunt for an Anaheim homicide and kidnapping suspect ended late Wednesday in San Diego when police shot the man after a foot pursuit, officials said.

Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department said Luke Lampers had been the subject of “an exhaustive effort” to find him and the alleged kidnapping victim after a fatal shooting at the Crystal Inn on West Lincoln Avenue on Jan. 11.

Lampers, 35, a transient, is suspected of shooting Douglas Navarro, 49, during a dispute at the motel. After the shooting, police said Lampers forced Brianne Deese into his car at gunpoint and drove away.

Wyatt said it was believed that Lampers and Deese had a romantic relationship at some point, and that Deese was being held against her will.


According to Wyatt, detectives learned late Wednesday that Deese had called her father saying she had escaped and was in San Diego. Detectives soon found her, and their investigation led them to a motel in the 4000 block of Taylor Street. When Lampers was observed arriving, Anaheim officers moved in. After a brief chase on foot, an officer shot him.

Lampers was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening and is expected to survive, police said.

Police recovered a firearm near the area where Lampers was taken into custody, Wyatt said.

San Diego police are handling the investigation of the shooting by the Anaheim officer, Wyatt said.


Deese apparently had been staying at the Crystal Inn with a friend and was trying to get away from Lampers, Wyatt said, adding that Lampers tracked her down, kicked in her motel room door and abducted her at gunpoint.

She later returned with Lampers to get belongings from the motel room, when Navarro, who lived in the motel, intervened and said it was not her room and she could not go in, Wyatt said.

While the two argued, Lampers got out of his car, shot Navarro and took Deese at gunpoint.


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7:55 a.m.: This article was updated with details on the shooting at the Crystal Inn.


7:14 a.m.: This article was updated with Lampers’ condition and police disclosure that a weapon was found near the shooting scene.

This article was originally published at 4:35 a.m.