Deputy Injured During Shooting at Harrah's Casino

Deputy sustained a head injury

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    Shots were fired in a Valley Center casino Thursday afternoon, according to officials.

    One deputy was injured during the incident at Harrah's Rincon Casino, although he was not shot, according to sheriff's spokesperson Jan Caldwell.

    Escondido police and San Diego Sheriff's received word on Thursday indicating man was armed and dangerous inside the casino. But instead of going into the casino to try to find possible suspect, they waited until he came outside.

    When man came out deputies identified themselves and then asked the man to identify himself. The man then got into his truck, and backed up into three deputies, indicating he wanted to run them over.

    Multiple shots were fired by deputies because they feared for their lives, said Caldwell. Shots were fired directly at the suspect.

    The number of shots fired has yet to be released.

    One car was hit when the man tried to drive away, but he didn't strike any pedestrians or deputies.

    The suspect then tried to drive forward over hedge in parking lot to escape, but his car got stuck in the three-foot hedge. He then proceeded to run into a nearby residential area, but deputies caught him, according to Caldwell.

    The suspect is being questioned at Valley Center and then will be transported to Vista, said Caldwell. He told deputies he did not get shot.


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