Four law enforcement officers from three agencies opened fire Thursday morning on a man who had fired at them, killing him in a Lemon Grove neighborhood. It all followed a chase that began in La Mesa. Sheriff Lt. Kenn Nelson said it wasn't immediately clear how many rounds were fired or how many shots struck the suspect. Another suspect in the chase was arrested, and police are still searching for a third man involved.
The chase began about 1:20a.m. when La Mesa police officers spotted a suspicious car stopped at a green light near Fletcher Parkway and Baltimore Drive, Nelson said. Police approaching the car heard a scream before the car sped away. La Mesa police were joined by sheriff's deputies and San Diego police as the high-speed pursuit wound through La Mesa and Spring Valley before ending in Lemon Grove just blocks north of Mount Miguel High School on Rebecca Way, Nelson said.
Three men fled from the car on foot, including at least one who had a gun, Nelson said. Officers used a police dog to try to subdue that man, but after the dog bit him, the suspect opened fire. That's when the law enforcement officers returned fire, Nelson said. Another suspect was arrested at the scene, and the third escaped.
Officers and deputies set up a perimeter in the area and were scouring backyards looking for the man who is still at large, and described as black or Middle Eastern, wearing white clothing. Police did not know if he was armed but said he could be dangerous, and asked anyone with information on his whereabouts to call 911.
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