A San Diego Police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone
A San Diego Police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

A San Diego Police Officer wounded in a shootout with a man suspected in a series of shootings at buildings in Kearny Mesa over the past few months remained hospitalized Monday.

The officer, a five-year veteran whose name was being withheld, is “alert and doing well,” San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said via Twitter after visiting her Monday morning.

“We all thank you for your thoughts and prayers as she continues to recover,” Zimmerman said.

The officer was shot once in the chest near a Clairemont Mesa interchange following a high-speed chase along Interstate 805 and state Route 163 Sunday. A fellow officer then rushed her to nearby Sharp Memorial Hospital.

The policewoman and several other officers were searching for the driver of a late-model gray Jeep linked to six shootings at San Diego Gas & Electric and other Kearny Mesa businesses between January and last week, police said.

They found the SUV abandoned on Mesa College Drive and spotted a man walking nearby, San Diego Police Lt. Mike Hastings said in a statement.

The suspect opened fire as police were running after him and the officer was struck, Hastings said.

—City News Service