Wild Chase, Crime Spree Shuts Freeway for Hours

Officers opened fire after an intense chase, shooting and killing the suspect

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    Steven Luke

    A wild chase ended in a deadly officer involved shooting after a suspect carjacked motorists, clipped several vehicles, drove the wrong way on the freeway and opened fire on officers, police said. Interstate-805 was shut down in both directions.

    It all started around 9.45 a.m. Saturday when Chula Vista police officers were doing random checks. They ran a license plate in the parking lot of the Good Nite Inn on Bay Boulevard and found out the vehicle was stolen, Capt. Jim Collins said.

    Wild Chase, Crime Spree Shuts Freeway for Hours

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    Officers waited until a man and woman came to the car, but the man escaped by crashing through a closed fence.

    "While the suspect was backing through one of the fences, the female passenger was ejected from the car and has since been taken to the hospital," Collins said.

    That woman was identified by Chula Vista Police as Salina Galindo, 34.  She was charged with possession of stolen property.

    Police said the male suspect then took off on foot, ending up at Goodrich Aerospace where he beat up an employee, and tried to take his car, but ended up stealing a truck which he then drove through a parking gate.  California Highway Patrol, San Diego police, Chula Vista police and a sheriff’s helicopter gave chase for about 30 minutes on city streets and freeways.

    Along the way the suspect clipped several vehicles.

    "I've heard as many as ten or more. I don't know, we're still trying to piece this together," Collins said.

    The suspect drove the wrong way twice. The second time, he crashed the truck and then fled on foot again and carjacked the driver of red four door sedan. The driver fled through the passenger door. This time police moved in.

    "The suspect indicated he was not going to give up, put the car in drive and rammed the car in front of him," Collins said.

    According to investigators, one officer fired at least three shots into the car hitting the suspect who died at the scene.

    The southbound lanes of Interstate 805 were shut down for hours, blocking traffic from getting to the U.S./Mexico border.