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Carjacking suspect dead in Menifee after chase, shooting involving law enforcement officers – Press-Enterprise

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An armed man suspected of stealing a car died early Sunday following a vehicle pursuit from Lake Elsinore to Menifee that ended with a shooting involving law enforcement officers, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Authorities believe a series of events involving the suspect began when he brandished a weapon and tried to forcibly take a person’s vehicle near the intersection of Scott Road and Haun Road in Menifee at about 3 a.m. He was unsuccessful, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. He allegedly fired at least one shot at his intended victim, who drove away and was being treated at a hospital for his injuries, the release said.

The armed man stayed in the area, and went on to carjack a white BMW sedan from another person at about 4:48 a.m., said the release. Deputies later located that car in Lake Elsinore. They attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect took off, the release said.

Sheriff’s deputies and Murrieta Police officers, who assisted in the pursuit, chased him to the 32000 block of Garland Lane in Menifee, the release said. There he “produced a firearm, and a deputy/officer involved shooting occurred,”  the release said. The identity of the suspect was not immediately released.

Murrieta Police K-9 “Mick” was shot and injured by a carjacking suspect early Sunday, Murrieta Police said. Mick was recovering from his injuries. (Photo courtesy Murrieta Police Department)

The suspect died at the scene of the shooting, which happened at about 6:30 a.m, Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vasquez said. No other injuries to people were reported.

A Murrieta Police K-9 suffered a gunshot wound in the incident, but the animal’s injuries were not life-threatening, sheriff’s officials said.

In a Facebook post, the Murrieta Police Department said the K-9, “Mick,” was shot by the suspect in his lower jaw and neck.  Mick was treated for his injuries, was released from veterinary care and was resting at home with his handler, the post said.

“We are very proud of K-9 Mick’s performance. The fact that no officers or deputies sustained any injuries were in large part because of K-9 Mick’s involvement,” the Murrieta Police post said.

Residents in the area near Menifee Road and Garland Lane “were awakened Sunday morning to the sounds of sirens, and rapid gun fire, (approximately) 20 shots,”  Menifee resident Brent Trimmer said in an email, accompanied with a photo from the scene.

Streets in the area of the shooting were closed as homicide and forensic investigators worked at the scene, the department said in a tweet.

The sheriff’s homicide unit will handle investigation into the incident. The deputies and officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave per standard policies, officials said in the release. Their names were not immediately released.

Deputies urged anyone with information relevant to the case to contract Central Homicide Investigator Paz by dialing 951-955-2777, or Perris Sheriff Station Investigator Salisbury at 951-210-1000.

City News Service contributed to this story.

Law enforcement at the scene of a deputy and officer-involved shooting early Sunday June 9, 2019 in Menifee. (Courtesy Brent Trimmer)