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San Diego robbery suspect commits suicide after gun battle with motorcycle officer

April 8, 2010 |  9:25 pm

A gun battle Thursday between a robbery suspect and a San Diego motorcycle officer ended when the suspect stopped his car, ran through a business complex and committed suicide, police said.

The incident began when a gunman robbed a Radio Shack in the Pacific Beach area and fled in a car with Colorado license plates, police said. A motorcycle officer began a high-speed pursuit and the gunman fired several shots out the window of his car as it sped along streets crowded with early afternoon shoppers.

The motorcycle officer fired at the gunman as the two raced across a bridge over Mission Bay, police said.

The gunman stopped at a business complex in the Midway district and ran inside, with the motorcycle officer following him on foot. The officer lost sight of the suspect, then heard a gunshot and found the man lying on his back, gun still in his hand, police said.

The dead man's name has not been released. The officer was described as a 19-year veteran of the Police Department. He was not injured. His motorcycle had been struck twice by bullets, police said.

A woman passenger in the suspect's car, Chantel Lister, 23, was arrested on robbery charges.

The case is under investigation by the department's homicide squad.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego