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Suspect killed, officer wounded in California shootout

December 27, 2021 GMT

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — A homicide suspect was killed and a Southern California police officer wounded during a shootout early Monday morning after an hourslong pursuit, authorities said.

Roberto Salgado, 39, was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at a hospital, Escondido police said in a news release. The officer was shot in the left side of his chest and has been released from the hospital.

Salgado was a suspect in the slaying of Florencio Rodriguez, 42, in Vista — about 13 miles (20.92 kilometers) northwest of Escondido — on Sunday. Rodriguez was found shot in the driveway of his home around 5 p.m., where he was pronounced dead, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

Rodriguez was married to the sister of Salgado’s ex-girlfriend, NBC San Diego reported. A motive has not been immediately released.

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Authorities told law enforcement agencies to look for Salgado’s vehicle, a 2018 Chevy Silverado.

An Escondido police officer spotted the SUV around 11:15 p.m. but Salgado was driving and would not yield. A female passenger was with him.

A police pursuit, that went onto a nearby freeway, lasted for several hours. A spike strip deflated three of the SUV’s tires but Salgado was able to continue driving until officials remotely disabled the truck with OnStar, police said.

Salgado got out of the SUV, police said, and he and two Escondido police officers got into a shootout. Salgado was fatally struck and an officer was injured. The female passenger was not injured.

Escondido is about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) north of San Diego.