Suspect injured after officer-involved shooting in California

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

San Diego, CA, United States (4E) – Two police officers shot and wounded an alleged car thief in San Diego, California early Thursday after the suspect aimed his car toward a third officer.

According to San Diego Police Lieutenant Jorge Duran, patrol officers recognized a stolen 2002 Honda Accord around 1 a.m. at the City Heights area and asked its driver, 34-year-old Julio Martinez to stop and step out of the vehicle

Duran said Martinez halted along Wightman Street, then shifted gears and drove the vehicle toward one of the officers who was on foot. The officer was able to jump back and escape injury.

The two other officers standing near the vehicle started firing to prevent Martinez from hitting them, and a round grazed the suspect’s left shoulder.

Despite being wounded, Duran revealed Martinez continued driving but crashed onto a street sign when he tried to turn left onto Euclid Avenue, he then fled on foot.

Martinez was eventually arrested and booked into jail facing a number of felonies.

The two officers involved in the shooting were identified as a three-year and five-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department.

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