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Officers search for gunshot victim along PCH north of Malibu after traffic stop uncovers kidnapping

October 9, 2009 | 10:04 am

Sheriff’s deputies are scouring Pacific Coast Highway near the Ventura County line for a man with gunshot wounds after an early-morning traffic stop halted a kidnapping in progress, authorities said.

CHP officers stopped a pickup truck about 2 a.m. for a traffic violation at Camarillo Springs Road and Adohr Lane in Camarillo, said Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank O’Hanlon. A woman jumped from the truck’s cab and the driver sped off.

The woman told officers the driver had kidnapped her and had shot her husband, dumping him somewhere along Pacific Coast Highway.

Officers pursued the driver, who crashed his truck and was taken into custody. Officials are not releasing the name of the man, who is being questioned by detectives, O’Hanlon said. It was unknown if the gunshot victim was alive or dead.

-- Seema Mehta

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