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Investigation Continues After Deputy-Involved Shooting in Barona

Deputies first responded to a call of a suspect driving recklessly on the reservation shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near Wildcat Canyon Road, officials said.

San Diego County Sheriff's detectives continue their investigation into a fatal deputy-involved shooting on the Barona Indian Reservation Wednesday afternoon. 

Two women - one of which was a Barona Charter School board member - were injured when the suspect, who has not been identified yet, crashed into their car. The women suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Deputies first responded to the scene around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when a Barona Tribal Enforcement officer reported a reckless driver who tried to hit an officer with his truck. 

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Wildcat Canyon Road and Ketuull Uunya Way in Barona.

When authorities found the car, a white truck, they tried to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect fled the scene, leaving one deputy with a minor hand injury from the suspect's car. 

Deputies chased the suspect across paved and unpaved roads on the reservation for several minutes. 

Eventually, the man stopped his car near the 3100 block of Ketuull Uunyaa Way.

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When the suspect got out of his car, he was "extremely agitated and uncooperative", SDSO Lieutenant Greg Rylaarsdam reported.

In an attempt to prevent the suspect from re-entering his car, deputies used multiple less lethal bean bag rounds. Meanwhile, deputies tried to disable the car with a tire deflation device. 

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However, the suspect got back into his car and continued to drive. 

That's when two deputies fired their department-issued guns at the suspect. The suspect collided with a marked patrol car, and then hit another, unrelated, occupied car with the two women inside. 

NBC 7 chopper footage of the scene of a Barona deputy involved shooting.

The suspect drove for a while further before the car came to a stop on the brush on the east side of Ketuull Uunyaa Way. When deputies walked up to the car, they found the driver was unresponsive. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene. 

An autopsy will be conducted on the suspect. Deputies expect to release his identity on Friday. The suspect is not a tribal member, Barona government officials said. 

As the investigation continues, deputies continue their work in the field. 

Two homicide teams, in addition to teams from Santee, Lakeside and Ramona, are working to investigate. Thirty detectives will be interviewing witnesses throughout the afternoon and into the evening. 

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