El Cajon Residents Want Transparency for Officer-Involved Shooting

A 25-year-old woman sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle was shot and killed by El Cajon police officers during a high-speed chase Saturday morning

El Cajon residents were asking for transparency Sunday after a high-speed chase ended with a police officer shooting and killing a woman.

The confrontation occurred just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday at Main St and Walter Way.

El Cajon Police pulled over what they believed to be a stolen car, but the driver sped off going, at times, over 90 miles an hour, officers said.

The chase ended on Pierce Street where police said the driver headed straight for the officer's patrol car. The officer fired his weapon multiple times. Investigators say the officer feared for his safety.

The woman was sitting in the passenger's seat of the vehicle, according to the medical examiner's office. She's been identified only as 25 years old. The Medical Examiner has not released the woman’s name pending notification of family.

El Cajon police told NBC 7 they plan to release more information Monday, which could include a dash camera recording when the shooting happened.

“I think it's important it's released to the public,” El Cajon resident Rick Blaine said. “It's a matter of keeping people true to what they should be doing. Whether you are a civilian or you are not a civilian. It's important to be honest.”

Fellow El Cajon Resident Guillermo Carrillo told NBC 7 it’s important to see what led up to the shooting.

“That's the reason we should be seeing the video,” Carillo explained. “That is what is going to tell us whether it was right or wrong.”

While residents wait to find out if there was dash camera video in this case El Cajon is in the process of beefing up its video recording through body cameras.

In late 2014 the City Council agreed to research on implementing body cameras for the police force.

The plan is still in the works.

“I support law enforcement however if there is any kind of controversy at all,” El Cajon resident Nick Singh said. “I feel the truth will be set from that.”

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