Police say the suspect in the shooting of an Escondido police officer was found dead inside an apartment .
Officers discovered Anastasio Rosas Jr. dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound following a manhunt for several hours. Police responded to a domestic violence call shortly before 3 in the morning and were told a man left the scene with a high-powered rifle.
Officers confronted the suspect nearby and one of them suffered one gunshot wound and was reported in stable condition. The manhunt caused a major traffic problem in Escondido due to police having to close several major roads.
News Release from Escondido P-D:
February 22, 2021 at approximately 7:45 a.m., The Escondido Police Department and allied agencies received information that the suspect was seen in a vacant apartment in the 700 block of West Lincoln. Tactical units quickly responded to the area. While they were responding, the sound of a gunshot was heard from within the apartment. Tactical teams surrounded the apartment, and subsequent search of the apartment resulted in the location of a male believed to be Anastasio Rosas Jr. who appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators believe that Rosas was the only suspect being sought, and there is no further danger to the public.
This is an ongoing investigation, and Escondido Police Department will be conducting a thorough investigation into the incident. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact the Escondido Police Department.
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