Man Killed in Deputy-Involved Shooting Escaped Custody Near Downtown Jail

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A man who escaped Park Rangers custody as he was being transported to the San Diego Central Jail Friday evening was shot by a deputy and later died at the hospital, the San Diego Police Department confirmed.

The suspect was arrested by San Diego County Park Rangers on an assault with a deadly weapon charge following an incident at a local park, according to SDPD Captain Richard Freedman.

As the Park Rangers vehicle approached the jail at Front and B streets downtown just before 6 p.m., the suspect somehow escaped the vehicle, Freedman said.

SDPD said they confirmed the man was wearing handcuffs when he was placed in the ranger's vehicle.

As he ran away, a second Park Ranger who was following in a different vehicle attempted to stop him, but the suspect pushed the ranger's car door shut and continued running, according to Freedman.

At that point, two San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies who were on their way to work at the jail saw the altercation and began to chase the suspect. During the chase, a deputy fired and struck the suspect at least once, Freedman said.

The suspect was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Freedman. He was identified only as a 36-year-old man.

No additional details about his arrest incident were shared.

SDPD is investigating the incident. No law enforcement agents were injured.

No other information was available.

The man escaped custody at the gate of the jail but was shot before he could get away.
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