A man suspected in a drug deal was wounded in a "gun battle" with police officers in the Logan Heights area Monday afternoon, the San Diego Police Department said.
The incident began when an officer attempted to stop two men for a suspected narcotics violation at 900 S. 35th Street at about 3:20 p.m., SDPD said.
The officer got out of his car and the men took off on foot, leading police through the streets of Logan Heights.
Two additional officers arrived during the chase and identified Enrique Aguilar, 30, running with a handgun.
When the chase reached the 3300 block of National Avenue, under the Interstate 15 freeway overpass, Aguilar whipped out a handgun and pointed it at officers, according to SDPD.
"(Officers) ordered the suspect to drop the gun. The suspect pointed the gun at officers and officers and the suspect engaged in a gun battle," SDPD Capt. Tom Underwood said.
Officers gave several more verbal commands to drop the weapon, but the suspect raised his handgun and pointed it at the officers, San Diego police said.
Two officers, a 20-year and a 4-year veteran of the SDPD, fired their weapons at Aguilar who was struck by at least one bullet. No officers were wounded.
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Officers took the suspect into custody and transported him to a local hospital for treatment. Underwood said he is expected to survive.
Upon release from the hospital, Aguilar will be put in county jail.
Police said the weapon recovered at the scene was confirmed to be a real handgun.
SDPD said no drugs were found upon their initial sweep but investigators would remain on scene through the night Monday to investigate the officer-involved shooting.
San Diego Police Homicide Unit said the investigation was in its early stages, but witness statements confirmed the suspect fired his weapon and did not comply when asked to drop his weapon.
Aguilar does have a criminal background, according to Capt. Underwood.
People were asked to avoid the area around 35th Street and National Avenue through the night as officers investigated.
Anyone with more footage or information regarding the incident are asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
No other information was available.
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