Mall Shooting Suspects ID'd

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    Trained security guards learn when to shoot. (Published Monday, Apr 4, 2011)

    Investigators revealed new details in the smash and grab burglary that turned into a deadly shooting at the Otay Ranch Towne Center Monday.

    Johnny Chenda, 25, and Melissa Ortiz, 21, were arrested in connection with the attempted burglary at the Apple Store just before 7 a.m.

    An armed security guard, hired by Apple to protect one of its San Diego stores, confronted Chenda and another unidentified suspect.

    The guard, 58-year-old Jose Jimenez, is a retired law enforcement officer who works for Security Industry Specialists based in Culver City.

    Jimenez told police the shooting began when one of the suspects pointed a gun at him.

    Investigators said the three suspects got into a silver Acura and crashed into a light pole and a post before stopping on a curb.

    The unidentified suspect was shot and killed inside the car, police said. Chenda and Ortiz were found on a patio in a community of townhomes just east of the shopping center.

    The suspects were positively identified by Apple store employees, according to Chula Vista police.

    The Apple store security guard was not injured, police said.

    Investigators said one of the suspects' two handguns was stolen. They're looking into whether the trio may have been involved in prior smash and grabs.

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