Officer and suspect shot in Paso Robles
October 27, 2012
Article and photos by DANIEL BLACKBURN
A high-speed, early-morning car chase in Paso Robles ended Saturday in a fusillade of bullets, leaving a California Highway Patrol officer and a suspected parolee hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
At about 5:50 a.m., a CHP officer attempted to pull over a vehicle during a routine traffic stop on Highway 101 near the northbound Spring Street exit.
The driver sped off, down Spring Street, at a high rate of speed before crashing into a tree and an antique store near 13th Street. The suspect then fled on foot several blocks to the east, where he encountered more Highway Patrol officers and Paso Robles police.
Small red flags on the street marked where the suspect fell. A reporter was awakened by the barrage of gunfire and, minutes later, the scream of sirens.
Cmdr. Brian Hascall of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department said the wounded officer was treated and scheduled to be released from the hospital midday Saturday. The suspect was said to be in surgery at 2 p.m. suffering from multiple bullet and shotgun slug wounds. Neither has yet been identified.
Hascall said his department is handling the primary investigation, with help from special units of the Highway Patrol, Paso Robles Police Department, and the county district attorney’s office.
This article was posted at 2:30 p.m. and will be updated as more information becomes available. (As of 7:30 a.m. Sunday, no additional information or identifications have been forthcoming from sheriff’s investigators.)