Escondido Road Rage Shooting Suspect Dies After Being Shot by Police Officer

By Yudi Hu
Yudi Hu
Yudi Hu
September 18, 2021 Updated: September 18, 2021

A man involved in a road rage shooting in Escondido, California, died Friday night after being shot by the police during a chase, authorities say.

The suspect, a 38-year-old male Escondido resident, fired a handgun from his vehicle into another vehicle occupied by a 20-year-old male driver and a 15-year-old passenger on Sept. 17 around 5 p.m., according to the Escondido Police Department.

The driver suffered a mild gunshot wound and sought medical care at Palomar Medical Center. He was later discharged from the hospital.

At around 6:10 pm, police found the suspect’s vehicle in the area of Washington Ave and Citrus Ave. The suspect fled the police in his vehicle, and a chase ensued.

About 7 minutes later, the suspect’s vehicle crashed at the intersection of Bear Valley Pkwy and Encino Drive. At the end of the car chase an officer-involved shooting occurred, the department said.

The suspect was found in possession of a semi-automatic handgun. He was transported to Palomar Medical Center after the shooting and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The name of the police officer involved in the shooting will be released at a later time.

The relationship between the suspect, the initial shooting victim, and the passenger is unknown.

Yudi Hu