2 San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies Shot: Officials

Police say gunman is not yet in custody

By Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013  |  Updated 10:09 PM PDT
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    Two San Diego County sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded Wednesday afternoon after someone fired shots at them from a residence, officials said.

    The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. in the coastal community of Encinitas where officials were looking for a stolen vehicle.

    Police said the gunman is not yet in custody and have deemed the immediate area "unsafe." The sheriff's department says a man is threatening to shoot deputies who try to enter a house on Del Rio Avenue.

    A SWAT team is also searching the perimeter and dozens of police cars are currently at the scene. A witness told NBC 7 San Diego that he saw officers with guns pointed at the residence and he heard multiple gunshots. Homes in the area have been evacuated as a precaution.

    Both deputies were transported to local hospitals—one with a minor head wound and the other with a gunshot wound to the leg.

    One Deputy was sitting up and smiling while he was wheeled into the hospital. He suffered a minor head wound.

    Sheriff William Gore said neither of the deputies have life-threatening injuries and are expected to make a full recovery.
     


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