Police are trying to determine if a bizarre kidnapping in Chula Vista is connected to a shooting incident next to the Rock’n’Roll Marathon Sunday that briefly delayed thousands of runners from reaching the finish line.
A 58-year-old woman who had been pointing what appeared to be a black gun at her own head was arrested, moments after she threw her weapon off the top of an eight-story parking garage near the marathon finish line. One San Diego Police officer accidentally shot himself in his leg with his service weapon, but was not critically injured.
Chula Vista Police received a call Sunday morning from a man who said he had been kidnapped, bound and gagged by his ex-girlfriend in the 400 block of East H Street, police said.
At about the same time, a woman with the same description — later identified as Mona Elease Williams — was involved in a traffic crash in downtown San Diego.
“We believe these two incidents are going to be tied together,” San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit told reporters.
The crash was reported to police around 10:45 a.m. near the intersection of West A Street and Kettner Boulevard, Nisleit said.
The person who reported the crash pointed out a white Honda leaving the area and identified it as the suspect vehicle.
A few minutes later, an officer approached the car while Williams was waiting behind another stopped vehicle to pull into the Civic Center Plaza Parkade, near the intersection of A Street and First Avenue, according to San Diego police Capt. Mike Hastings.
Williams who was behind the wheel of the Honda leveled her gun — which later turned out to be an airsoft weapon — at the officer, Hastings said. As this happened, traffic cleared for the woman to enter the parking garage, and she drove off.
Police entered the garage to apprehend Williams, but the lead officer accidentally discharged his weapon and shot himself in the leg, Hastings said. Another officer fired at the suspect, but missed, and Williams continued up the parking structure.
Williams could be seen holding the airsoft gun to her head, but soon tossed it to the ground below the parkade and was arrested.
She was taken into custody without further incident.
The police officer who accidentally shot himself was taken to a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, Nisleit said.
The incident caused brief disruptions to the marathon and half-marathon events, which both had their finish lines nearby.
The course was shut down by 11:45 a.m., and about 4,900 athletes were rerouted to a designated safe zone, according to a statement from the Rock’n’Roll Marathon. Police allowed runners to resume their progress toward the finish area a few minutes later, at 11:53 a.m.
— City News Service