Residents React to Fatal Shooting in DHS Neighborhood
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DESERT HOT SPRINGS - Residents of the a Desert Hot Springs neighborhood are still in shock over a man dead near their homes-- and one still on the run. "That's very scary,” says Desert Hot Springs resident Alma DeLeon. Another resident was staying with friends but reconsiders after the incident. "I won't be sleeping here tonight. I'm sorry,” says Desert Hot Springs resident Stephanie Nunez.
The incident started early Thursday morning just after midnight when a resident reported their car stolen. Soon after, police spotted the car near Hacienda Ave. and say when they tried to pull the car over, the vehicle took off. "It was a short pursuit that ended in a crash. After that, there was a brief altercation that lead to an officer involved shooting,” says Commander for the Desert Hot Springs Police Ken Peary. The shooting happened on the 13000 block of La Mesa Drive. Police say the suspect lead police through a residential neighborhood before crashing and abandoning the vehicle on El Cajon Dr.; the suspect then fled. It is knot known weather the suspect had a gun at the time officers fired shots. No police were injured. The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police then searched for a second male. "An unidentified male fled the scene. He has not been located at this time,” says Peary. The 2nd suspect is described only as wearing dark clothing. No other information has been given out about his description.
Residents say the neighborhood is full of families and young children. "I'm comfortable here. To me it's safe. It's good,” says DeLeon. "It's very family-oriented and quiet. I can't believe it's happening here,” says Nunez. Though, DeLeon does realize even when she feels the most safe, danger can be lurking. "In the day time, it's safe but not at the night time,” says DeLeon.
The case is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at 760-393-3500.