Crime-scene tape surrounds the vehicle that was carjacked. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A carjacking in North Park on Saturday night ended with an officer-involved shooting and a 17-year-old boy accused of assaulting a police officer with the stolen vehicle.

No one was struck by gunfire, although at least three shots were fired by police, said Lt. Matt Dobbs of the San Diego Police Department.

Police received a call a little after 9:20 p.m. Saturday of a carjacking in the area of Maryland Street and Madison, where the victim’s property — a white 2019 Subaru Outback — was taken at gunpoint, Dobbs said. Officers began searching the area and located the Subaru in the 1800 block of Washington Street, where a pursuit began when the driver failed to yield, he said.

The pursuit ended when the suspect drove off the roadway at Arizona Street and Howard Avenue, coming to a stop in the landscaping in front of an apartment complex.

“The suspect put the car in reverse and rapidly accelerated at the officers. One officer had to jump out of the way to being struck,” he said. “As the vehicle passed another officer, he could see the suspect slouched down in the driver’s seat pointing a handgun directly at him.”

The officer, fearing he was about to be shot, fired at the suspect, as the suspect’s vehicle continuing accelerating in reverse, eventually crashing into a police car, Dobbs said.

“The movement of the suspect vehicle and the collision left the officer that had fired his weapon standing in front of the suspect vehicle,” he said. “The suspect began revving the engine causing several officers to fear the suspect was about to go forward and run over the officer in front of the vehicle.”

The first officer and another officer fired at the suspect, who quickly surrendered. The suspect was removed from the Subaru Outback and taken into custody. A handgun was located inside the vehicle, he said.

The suspect, a 17-year-old boy, was not struck by gunfire but was taken to a hospital for evaluation after the collisions. He was later arrested on suspicion of carjacking, felony evading and assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.

— City News Service

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