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2 Deputies Wounded in Encinitas Shooting

SWAT units are currently in a standoff with the suspect.

Updated at 7:52 a.m.

Also see: Suspect in Standoff Found Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Two sheriff's deputies were wounded in a shooting Wednesday in Encinitas, where the gunman was believed to be holed up in a house.

Shots were fired in the 700 block of Del Rio Avenue, near Leucadia Boulevard, shortly after 3:30 p.m. as deputies searched for an auto theft suspect, according to the sheriff's department.

Members of the sheriff's Special Enforcement Detail were summoned to the area and had the place surrounded late this afternoon.

Patrol deputies were sent to the area about 1 p.m. on a report of a stolen vehicle, but could not immediately find the suspect. When deputies returned to the 700 block of Del Rio Avenue and tried to approach the suspect, they were fired on, sheriff's officials said.

One deputy was initially taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas with a leg wound, and was later transferred to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla where he underwent surgery, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore told reporters.

The other deputy was hospitalized with a glancing head wound and had been treated. It was unknown if he would be released tonight or kept overnight, according to Gore.

"Hopefully they'll both make full recoveries," Gore said.

Both deputies' family members were at the hospital. Neither deputy's name was released.

Homes south of Del Rio Avenue were evacuated as a precaution, sheriff's officials said. Del Rio Avenue was closed west of Leucadia and south of Saxony Road.     A sheriff's helicopter flew overhead and its crew made announcements, authorities said. Carlsbad police personnel also assisted with the SWAT call.

Sheriff's officials were advising the public to avoid the 700 block of Del Rio Avenue.

Stay with Patch for more information as it becomes available.

Shell Rocket Scientist February 21, 2013 at 05:21 PM
He was a 22 year old kid who had gone to La Costa Canyon with MY kids. Parents, Teachers, Leaders, Law Enforcement and PASTORS need to wake up and start giving these kids HOPE so they quit turning to drugs- Drugs make people do stupid, harmful things- to others AND themselves! Ironic how our society won't tolerate Biblical Principles- God repeated EIGHT TIMES*: "LOVE your NEIGHBOR as YOURSELF" Jesus said it SUMS Up the ENTIRE LAW. It's NATURAL to love ourselves- WHAT has happened to a society where kids are killing themselves at a progressive rate? This has NOTHING to do with the President- We're a society who won't tolerate TRUTH which SAVES us... and we're reaping the consequences. Time to get back to Biblical Principles before we completely destroy ourselves. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that this ain't working! * Matthew 19:19, 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8, AND ALSO in the Old Testament: Leviticus 19:18.
Daniel Woolfolk February 21, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Hi Anna, You probably already heard, but here's our update. http://encinitas.patch.com/articles/standoff-ends-in-apparent-suicide
donald Johnson February 22, 2013 at 01:00 AM
The problem is NOT guns. It is Dr Spock who said that we can't correct our kids. Instant punishment for bad as well as instant gratification for good is the best we can do to keep kids out of trouble. and taking away guns is worse than the crime. if we were required to carry guns then there would be NO gun crime in fact all kinds or crime would go down because the STUPID would die the first time they tried to hurt someone with a gun which would be almost anyone since we would all be armed. Can you imagine trying to rob a bank and as soon as they pulled their gun the other 10 in the bank pulled theirs.
Darius Degher February 22, 2013 at 01:36 AM
You're right: guns are not the problem. Gun ADVOCATES are the problem. The disease lies with the people who are so fixated on weapons. How did you folks get so scared? Especially when you live in a place where there's something like one murder every ten years. Turn off your TV, and the fear will start to subside.
Nonymous February 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Evan's parents and sister did everything they could to help him. After he turned 18, it made it that much harder as he was so confused he just wasn't able to make good choices or welcome or accept help. I pray for the officer with the injury to his leg, I pray that Evan rest in peace, I pray his family and friends remember him at the times when he was happy, not on heroin, those moments off time when mental illness didn't consume his life.

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