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CHP Cruiser Stolen Following Gunfire

A California Highway Patrol car is pictured in this undated photo.
Tarryn Mento
A California Highway Patrol car is pictured in this undated photo.

A California Highway Patrol officer came under gunfire today during a traffic stop alongside Interstate 5 near Mission Bay, after which a woman stole his cruiser, sped off and led a pursuit that ended with an officer-involved shooting near Qualcomm Stadium.

The initial shooting, which caused no injuries, occurred in the area of Clairemont Drive and De Anza Cove about 2:45 p.m., according to the CHP. The involved officer was investigating a hit-and-run accident at the time, CHP spokeswoman Mary Bailey said.

Following the shots, a woman the officer had contacted got into his cruiser and took off, according to police. It was unclear if she was the one who had opened fire.


Officers caught up with the stolen squad car in Mission Valley and pursued it over various streets before it came to a halt at Friars Road and Qualcomm Way just after 3 p.m., SDPD spokesman Humberto Hernandez said.

A short time time later, at least one officer opened fire, Bailey said. The suspect was then taken into custody. It was not immediately clear if she had been wounded.

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