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July 30, 2013 (El Cajon) – A fugitive who rammed a police car in El Cajon is under arrest, along with his companion.  The arrests followed a pursuit that resulted in a police officer opening fire and a K-9 dog biting the fleeing suspect.

At 2 p.m. on July 30, El Cajon Police offers spotted the wanted fugitive, Ali Alkafaji in the 1300 block of North Johnson. Officers in marked patrol units attempted to stop the vehicle, assisted by a California Highway Patrol officer. According to police, the suspect intentionally rammed a police sergeant’s vehicle and then accelerated toward the CHP officer, who was out of his car on foot.

According to Lieutenant Frank La Haye, “The suspect continued in the CHP officer’s direction, attempting to run him over. The CHP officer, fearing for his life, fired several rounds at the suspect’s vehicle.”

The suspect fled in the vehicle to Vernon street, where he got out and fled on foot.  Police established a perimeter and conducted an extensive search. At 6 p.m., the suspect was found hiding under a vehicle at 777 Gable Way in El Cajon.  He was not injured from his earlier confrontation, but refused to comply with the officer’s commands to surrender.

A San Diego Sheriff’s K-9 was deployed to subdue the suspect. Alkafaji was bitten and following his arrest, was treated for minor injuries before being booked into County jail.

Alkafaji, 27, is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and with a parole violation.  His companion, Dasha Elkerton, age 23, had remained in the vehicle.  She was arrested for two outstanding felony warrants.

No officers were injured during the incident.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311. Individuals with information on this crime who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers tip line at (888) 580-8477.

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