Man arrested after shooting at Carlsbad police

CARLSBAD —Cameron Avery Valentine was arrested Thursday morning in Clairemont as a suspect in an attempt to murder a Carlsbad Police Officer.

Early Wednesday morning the Carlsbad Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle burglary in progress in the 2300 block of La Costa Avenue.

A witness reported to Carlsbad Police Dispatch that a suspect left the location driving a light colored pickup truck.

Responding officers located a possible suspect vehicle driving northbound on El Camino Real approaching Palomar Airport Road.

As the suspect vehicle drove eastbound on Palomar Airport Road from El Camino Real, an officer attempted a vehicle stop by activating the overhead emergency lights on the patrol vehicle.

Seconds after activating the emergency lights, a suspect from inside the suspect vehicle fired several shots from an unknown type of firearm at the officer.

The officer’s patrol vehicle was struck several times by the bullets shot by the suspect.  The officer was not injured and chased the suspect vehicle eastbound on Palomar Airport Road into San Marcos.  The suspect vehicle reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.    The officer’s patrol vehicle engine became disabled by the gunshots and the officer terminated the pursuit on eastbound San Marcos Boulevard in the area of Discovery Way.

The officer did not return fire at any time during this incident.

All lanes of eastbound Palomar Airport Road from El Camino Real to Melrose Drive were closed during the investigation.

At least two vehicles were burglarized in the 2300 block of La Costa Avenue.

Valentine was arrested the following day at a Clairemont gas station. He was booked at the Vista Detention Facility and is facing charges for Attempted Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer, Vehicle Burglary and Felony Evading a Police Officer.

“Investigators, with the assistance of other countywide law enforcement agencies, have used all available resources and have worked around-the-clock toward the resolution of this incident,” said Investigation Captain Neil Gallucci. “We are very grateful our officer was not injured during this incident. The welfare of our community and our officers is our top priority.”

San Diego Police Department worked with the Carlsbad department to find and catch Valentine.

Investigative leads pointed police to Norwich Street in Clairemont and a photo journalist from CBS 8 alerted police of Valentine’s exact whereabouts.

 This story has been updated.

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