Authorities Friday publicly identified a parolee from Lakeside killed when deputies opened fire on him during an early morning pursuit through Poway.
The events that led to the death of Trenton Lohman, 38, began shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday, when someone reported seeing him peering into parked vehicles in a suspicious manner at an auto repair shop in the 13900 block of Poway Road, according to sheriff’s officials.
Shortly after patrol personnel arrived at the business to investigate, they radioed that shots had been fired and that the suspect had managed to steal a sheriff’s cruiser and was fleeing to the east in it, Lt. Kenneth Nelson said.
Deputies chased Lohman to an area near the intersection of Poway and Espola roads, where he abandoned the law enforcement vehicle, authorities said.
The suspect then allegedly forced the driver of an oncoming black SUV to halt by pointing a handgun at him, ordered him out and began driving to the west on Poway Road, Nelson said.
Moments later, deputies confronted the suspect and fired on him again, and the stolen vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed into a ravine.
The sheriff’s personnel found Lohman dead behind the wheel of the damaged SUV.
An autopsy determined that he died of a bullet wound to the chest.
Four deputies fired their guns during the incident, according to Nelson.
Officials have not disclosed whether the suspect discharged his pistol as well during the incident.
–City News Service