Deputies Respond to Shooting in Clairemont

Man allegedly tried to run over law enforcement officials with his car

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    Two U.S. Marshals shot a suspect in Clairemont on Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly tried to run them over with his car. (Published Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013)

    Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to an officer involved shooting in Clairemont on Wednesday, according to officials.

    The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. at 4462 Coconino Way, between Lakehurst Avenue and Merrimac Avenue when U.S. Marshals were searching for Nicholas Pratl (pictured below) who had an outstanding felony warrant for possession and sale of controlled substance. Police said Pratl has an extended criminal history.

    San Diego Police Capt. Terry McManus said the marshals then tracked Pratl down to Clairemont. The two marshals arrived in separate cars and eventually spotted the suspect inside a Mercedes SUV.

    The marshals then parked in front and behind the of Pratl's car and asked him to get out. Eventually he left the car, but when he noticed the men were U.S. Marshals he then allegedly rammed his car against the marshal's vehicles and tried to get away.

    Police said the Pratl then attempted to run over the marshals with his car, which is when they shot him multiple times. Pratl then allegedly lost control of the SUV, slammed into a yellow car then rammed into a nearby house.

    Both marshals were transported to local hospitals, but they are not injured, according to police.

    The Pratl, 34, has been transported to Scripps La Jolla Hospital with a gunshot wound to his torso. Police said Pratl's father joined him at the hospital.

    The 4800-block of Coconino Way will be shut down for the next few hours while authorities investigate.


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