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Five arrested after gun battle with San Diego police

June 11, 2009 |  7:06 am

Five people were arrested Wednesday night after a gun battle with San Diego police that began with officers chasing suspects in a street robbery, police said.

One suspect was apparently shot by police. None of the officers were hurt.

The incident began when undercover officers saw two men and a woman rob a woman at knife- and gunpoint and then drive away in a van.

Police chased the van through several streets in the Mountain View neighborhood. At one point, a suspect began firing at police, with at least one round hitting the windshield of an unmarked police vehicle. Two officers returned fire.

The chase ended when the van's driver smashed into a concrete pillar beneath Interstate 805 on Palm Avenue. A police dog helped in the arrests.

Jeff Quijano, 21, was charged with three counts of attempted murder and is in the trauma unit of a local hospital. Andrea Ramos, 18, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and evading arrest. Jose Lopez and Octavio Ibarra, both 23, were charged with parole violations, and Isaura Morales, 22, was charged with an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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