Update: Robbery suspect shot by deputies following pursuit

Update: Robbery suspect shot by deputies following pursuit
Sheriff’s deputies block off one southbound lane of El Camino Real in Encinitas Monday morning following a deputy involved shooting near the Pacific Pines condominium complex. Courtesy photo

ENCINITAS — A second officer involved shooting in as many months occurred early Monday morning near the main driveway of the Pacific Pines condominium complex along El Camino Real near Santa Fe Drive.

The suspect has been identified as 53-year-old Robert Parkin, an Encinitas resident.

The shooting, which happened at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 14, blocked off one lane of El Camino Real as homicide detectives began to investigate the scene. According to a Sheriff’s department press release, deputies spotted Parkin riding a blue motorcycle that matched the description of a suspect that robbed the El Pueblo Mexican restaurant on Birmingham Drive in Encinitas.

After a pursuit with deputies, the man crashed his motorcycle and began running up a driveway to the condominium complex.

Parkin, according to Sheriff’s officials, pulled a .45 caliber handgun from his waistband and aimed it at a deputy. The deputy opened fire on Parkin, who was shot and fell to the ground, dropping his gun. While on the ground, Parkin failed to follow commands from the deputy and reached for his weapon. The deputy fired several more rounds, hitting Parkin again. He was then taken into custody.

Parkin’s weapon was found to be loaded, according to the press release.

The deputy fired 12 shots during the altercation, of which six shots hit Parkin.

He was taken to Scripps La Jolla hospital for non-life threatening injuries, which consisted of gunshot wounds to the front of both thighs and to his buttocks, including a grazing wound to his scalp.

Parkin is facing charges of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and felony evading. It’s probable that he will face additional charges.

In October, a Sheriff’s deputy shot a residential robbery suspect after a pursuit along Coast Highway 101. The suspect in that case survived his injuries and was taken into custody as well.

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