San Diego officer shot, suspect killed in gunfight

By the Associated Press | August 7, 2011 | 4:15 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A gunman critically wounded a San Diego officer in an apparent unprovoked attack that led to a suspect's death in a shootout with police.

Police told the San Diego Union-Tribune ( that the officer was waiting at a stop light late Saturday afternoon when a vehicle believed linked to a shooting hours earlier pulled up next to him and someone opened from opened fire from a passenger window.

The officer, whose name was not released, was struck in the head. He was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest and listed in critical condition.

"As far as we know, it was totally unprovoked," Police Capt. Jim Collins told the newspaper. "He was not attempting to stop the suspect vehicle. He had no idea that was the suspect vehicle."

The gunfire occurred in the City Heights area on San Diego's east side.

After the attack, officers tracked down the suspected black Audi to a nearby apartment, where they got involved in a gun battle and fatally shot one suspect. That person's name was not immediately released.

Police believed a second suspect was holed up inside and surrounded the apartment, but later found the unit was empty.

Occupants of the Audi are suspected of being involved in a shooting at an In-N-Out restaurant about two hours earlier and 14 miles away in El Cajon. Police chased the vehicle on the freeway, but had to give up after it sped more than 100 mph.