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Dad in Encinitas Carjacking ‘Kept Wits About Him': Deputies

NBC 7 has learned the man arrested in the pursuit may be connected to a string of burglaries in San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad, Murietta and Riverside.

A father who was carjacked at gunpoint in a convicted felon's attempt to evade arrest "kept his wits about him" and did the right thing, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

Shots were fired by San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies at Leucadia Boulevard near N Vulcan Avenue in Encinitas in a mid-day officer-involved shooting Monday.

A man wanted on an outstanding warrant had carjacked a 27-year-old father and his 7-year-old son from a nearby parking lot and forced the man to drive with law enforcement officers in pursuit.

When the suspect pointed a hangun at authorities, deputies fired, striking the man several times.

Joseph Ramos, 35, has been released from the hospital after suffering two gunshot wounds - one between the left chest and the left bicep and one to the left ankle.

He'll be booked into county jail on charges of kidnapping, carjacking, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and on an outstanding warrant in connection with some residential burglaries.

At the time of his arrest, Ramos had a loaded handgun with a round in the chamber, Lt. Ken Nelson said.

NBC 7’s Dave Summers obtains video of a man considered a person of interest in an armed burglary at a home in Escondido. He was recorded through a doorbell camera.

As for the victims, the father did the right thing in this circumstance, Nelson said.

“He stayed calm in the situation when he had a gun pointed at him,” Nelson said Tuesday adding that the father put his hands up so deputies knew he was not involved in the pursuit.

NBC 7 has learned the suspect, Joseph Ramos, served 12 years for home invasion and burglary convictions in 2004.

Also, investigators have confirmed Ramos is believed to be the man captured on surveillance video earlier this month from a doorbell camera in Escondido.

He's believed to be a suspect in 19 burglaries in San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad, Murietta and Riverside.

Nelson would not confirm the connection but did say Ramos will likely face more felony charges next week.

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