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San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Involved in Encinitas Shooting

Sheriff's department officials say no deputy was injured in the shooting

A San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy opened fire in Encinitas, striking a man believed to have been involved in an armed robbery, officials said. 

Patrol cars and crime scene tape have a section of El Camino Court blocked off at the intersection with El Camino Real, approximately one mile north of the intersection with Manchester Avenue.

The suspect in an armed robbery at a taco shop on Birmingham at 5:30 a.m. was described as riding a blue motorcycle and wearing a black helmet.

Five minutes later, a deputy reported seeing a man matching that description near Birmingham and El Camino Real.

Department spokesperson Ryan Keim said the suspect fled on his motorcycle at a high speed before crashing near Pacific Pines Apartments. At that point, Keim said, the man ran on foot.

Three deputies chased the suspect. One deputy fired and struck the suspect, SDSO Lt. Kenn Nelson said.

NBC 7’s Chris Chan reports on the shooting in Encinitas in which a suspect in an armed robbery was shot by a sheriff’s deputy just moments after the robbery was reported.

Robert Parkin, 53, of Encinitas was struck several times in the lower part of his body, officials said. His injuries were described by deputies as non-life threatening.

Nelson said deputies recovered money and a weapon on the ground described as a SW1911 pistol.

It's not known whether Parkin was pointing a weapon at deputies, Nelson said. Investigators have not been able to interview Parkin.

Nelson said there was no deputy-worn body camera footage of the incident.

No deputies were injured in the pursuit or shooting.

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