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Police: San Diego officer wounded by shotgun blast; armed suspect killed
SAN DIEGO (AP) ' A man with a shotgun critically wounded a San Diego police officer in an apparently unprovoked attack, and an armed suspect was later shot to death as he tried to avoid arrest, authorities said Sunday.
The officer was at an intersection late Saturday afternoon when a vehicle believed to be carrying two people and linked to an earlier shooting came alongside, a police statement said.
"According to witnesses, the suspect vehicle pulled up on the left side of the officer's vehicle, pointed a gun out of the passenger window and fired at the officer," police said.
The officer was hit by the gunfire and taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest, where police said he was in critical condition. The statement did not say where the officer was hit.
Besides the driver, there may have been a passenger in the front seat, witnesses said. It's not clear who fired the gun.
"As far as we know, it was totally unprovoked," police Capt. Jim Collins told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "He was not attempting to stop the suspect vehicle. He had no idea that was the suspect vehicle."
Police officials did not release the officer's name, but social networking sites and police sources identified him as Jeremy Henwood, according to the newspaper. Public records show he was hired in 2007.
A half hour after the attack, officers tracked down the suspected vehicle, a black Audi with temporary plates, to an apartment and saw a suspect carrying a shotgun get in and start to drive away. Police said several squad cars converged on him to make the arrest.
"The suspect grabbed the shotgun and several officers fired their weapons at him," the statement said.
The man, who was not identified, was dead at the scene.
Police believed a second suspect was holed up inside but later found the unit was empty.
Occupants of the Audi were suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting at an In-N-Out restaurant 14 miles away in El Cajon.
The victim, Martin Hanna, was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot when he was approached by a man carrying a shotgun. The assailant fired one round at Hanna, striking him in the face, before fleeing in the Audi.
Police said Hanna is expected to survive.
Minutes later, an officer who had no knowledge of the restaurant shooting spotted the Audi speeding and gave chase but abandoned the pursuit as it reached speeds of 100 mph, the statement said.
Police Chief William Lansdowne was expected to provide more details at a news conference Sunday afternoon.