SUSPECT DIES AFTER GUNFIRE EXCHANGE WITH EL CAJON POLICE OFFICER

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By Miriam Raftery

August 20, 2021 (El Cajon) – A suspect who reportedly shot and injured an employee inside Western Medical Training Center in El Cajon on August 19 later opened fire on an El Cajon Police officer seated in his patrol vehicle. The officer fired back, injuring the suspect who later died at a local hospital.

Officers responded to a report of the initial shooting in the 100 block of East Main Street around 2:13 p.m. yesterday. While some aided the victim, others searched for the suspect.  A person matching the shooting suspect’s description was spotted near the intersection of Ballard and Decker. 

“As the officer drove closer, the suspect immediately opened fire on the officer while he was still in his car.  The officer was able to return fire, striking the suspect at least once,” says Lt. Rob Ransweller. 

  The officer was not injured, and both the suspect and earlier shooting victim received medical aid, but the suspect later died.

The fatal officer-involved shooting  will follow county protocols and has been reported to the District Attorney, Ransweller added.