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Christmas Eve Shooting Suspect Arrested in Del Mar After Pursuit From Anaheim

A wanted homicide suspect was arrested in San Diego County after a lengthy pursuit that began in Anaheim and crossed county lines via Interstate 5, according to police.

The pursuit began when Anaheim police officers spotted a grey Honda Accord at about 7:45 a.m. that they believed belonged to a suspect tied to a deadly Christmas Eve shooting on the city's Sebina Street, APD said. 

The driver did not stop and took off southbound, leading APD officers on I-5 towards San Diego County and crossing into the region before about 8:30 a.m.

As the chase entered the Del Mar area, spike strips were placed in the driver's path and the car's tires were popped, Anaheim police Sgt. Jeff Mundy said.

The suspect then bailed out of his vehicle on southbound I-5 near Via de la Valle and tried to hop over a chain link fence before he was detained by officers, Mundy said. 

APD did not say what charges the suspect would be booked into jail under. 

The victim in the Christmas Eve shooting died in the hospital on Monday, APD said. 

California Highway Patrol and the San Diego Police Department, utilizing a police K-9, assisted APD with a search and cleanup of the area. 

No other information was available.

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