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SDPD Identifies Officers Behind Gunfire in Barrio Logan Chase

The police officers – who’ve been with the department for two and three years – fired at Jessica Turner, 32, a woman driving a stolen truck through Barrio Logan on Jan. 12

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    Stolen Vehicle Chase Prompts Police Shooting

    NBC 7's Audra Stafford shares the latest details on how a woman in a stolen truck prompted a police shooting in Barrio Logan Friday. (Published Friday, Jan. 12, 2018)

    Two San Diego police officers have been identified in last week’s shooting in Barrio Logan, in which the officers opened fire on a woman driving a stolen truck during a pursuit.

    The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said the officers are Angel Vidrios, a 3-year veteran of the department, and Darius Jamsetjee, a 2-year veteran. Both officers are assigned to the SDPD’s Central Division.

    The officers were not hurt during the shooting and neither was the suspect, Jessica Turner, 32.

    On Jan. 12, just after 7 a.m., Turner stole a white pickup truck from a worker near the San Diego Convention Center. As she fled on Harbor Drive, she hit a worker in a golf cart.

    Fleeing Driver Prompts Officer-Involved Shooting

    [DGO] Fleeing Driver Prompts Officer-Involved Shooting

    A woman driving a stolen truck led police on a pursuit in Barrio Logan that ended with officers firing shots at the suspect. The woman then crashed the truck. She was not hit by the bullets. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports.

    (Published Friday, Jan. 12, 2018)

    The man who had his work truck stolen called police to report the theft. Soon, an officer with the Harbor Police Department spotted Turner and tried to pull her over.

    Turner failed to stop for the officer and a chase began. The suspect drove into Barrio Logan, turning onto Samson Street.

    While on Samson Street, Turner stopped in a traffic lane. At that point, the Harbor Police Department officer and one of the SDPD officers got out of their patrol cars to approach her. Investigators said that’s when Turner began driving forward again, making a U-turn and moving directly toward the officers.

    The Harbor Police Department officer moved away from his open driver’s door and out of the path of the stolen oncoming truck. Turner crashed into the rear driver side of that officer’s car and then kept moving towards the SDPD officer.

    The SDPD officer got back into his car to get out of the truck’s path. Investigators said Turner swerved and drove between the two police cars and onto the sidewalk.

    Fearing for his safety, one of the SDPD officers fired several rounds at Turner. She kept driving on the sidewalk. It is unclear if that officer was Vidrios or Jamsetjee. As Turner fled, a second SDPD officer fired several rounds at her.

    Witness Video: Barrio Logan Officer-Involved Shooting

    [DGO] Witness Video: Barrio Logan Officer-Involved Shooting

    Witness Rose Santos provided this video, shot on her cell phone and posted to SnapChat, of the police pursuit of a driver in a stolen car in Barrio Logan Friday. The pursuit ended with officers firing at the truck and the truck crashing into a pole near the Barrio Logan Trolley Station. 

    (Published Friday, Jan. 12, 2018)

    The bullets missed Turner and she continued to Harbor Drive, turning westbound, as the chase resumed. A short time later, she rammed into a traffic pole at Cesar Chavez Parkway.

    Turner hopped out of the truck and tried to run, but officers took her down and arrested her.

    The suspect suffered an injury to her nose in the crash with the pole, police said. She was taken to a local hospital.

    Turner was booked into San Diego Central Jail on several counts including grand theft auto, assault with a deadly weapon and felony evading resulting in injury. She’s scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

    The investigation is ongoing.

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