Homicide

Pursuit suspect shot by deputies in Del Mar Heights

Pursuit suspect shot by deputies in Del Mar Heights

Police lights file. U-T file photo

A pursuit suspect was shot and injured Friday night, July 20, in Del Mar Heights after telling 911 dispatchers during the chase that he had a handgun and wanted to commit “suicide by cop,” police said.

The high-speed chase ended a little after 9 p.m. when two sheriff’s deputies shot the man after his car became stuck in a marsh east of Torrey Pines State Beach, San Diego police Capt. Mike Hastings said.

The deputies, who’d likely been informed that the suspect claimed to be armed, “believed something was pointed at them” by the suspect, Hastings said. That’s when they opened fire.

The man was struck in the upper...

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