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Ventura police officers struck by vehicle, fatally shoot suspect

March 14, 2013 | 11:48 pm

A man was shot and killed Thursday night after he hit two Ventura police officers with his truck in an attempt to flee, authorities said.

Although the officers were seriously hurt in the incident, their injuries were not life-threatening, according to Ventura Assistant Police Chief David Wilson.

The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Harbor Boulevard and Monmouth Way, Wilson said. The two officers had gone to the motel about 7 p.m. after someone called police about a man who was "disturbing the peace," he said. The man was a guest at the motel.

A short time later, the officers were escorting the man out of the motel when he ran off, got into a truck and attempted to escape, Wilson said. At that point, officers fired several gunshots at the vehicle coming toward them, he said. One officer was struck and another was run over, he said.

Police units arriving at the scene found the two injured officers on the ground. They also found the man dead inside the truck, Wilson said.

Police are not releasing any details about the two officers. The name of the suspect has not been released.

No other injuries were reported.

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