Shooting Suspect Rams into Police Officer in Chula Vista Collision

Posted on May 05, 2011

May 2, 2011 - Chula Vista, Calif. - A shooting outside a saloon led to a police chase, car collision and several injuries, according to a report at

The newspaper's website reported the shooting occurred in Chula Vista outside the Wild Woody's Saloon on Saturday, April 23. It was around 1:10 a.m. when gunshots were fired at the bar on Broadway and Davidson, said Jim Horst, a Chula Vista agent.

One man had been shot several times and was in critical condition. When police officers responded to reports of gunfire, the gunshot victim pointed out a white sedan, in which at least three people were fleeing.

As officers chased the sedan, the driver drove to a dead-end area. Officers attempted to block the sedan, but the suspects hit the gas and rammed into a patrol car, injuring a police officer, Horst said.

The injured officer was pinned between the driver's door, which was open, and the car frame.  The officer fired at the sedan, but the suspects fled. It is unknown whether any of them were hit during or prior to the Chula Vista collision.

The getaway car was later found abandoned in a parking lot, damaged by bullet holes, according to police.

The shooting victim remained critical, and the injured officer was treated at a hospital and released. Their names were not disclosed to the public.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,081 traffic fatalities in California in 2009.

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