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Security guard who killed burglary suspect at Chula Vista mall is retired police officer

April 4, 2011 |  8:06 pm

The security guard who fatally shot a burglary suspect at a Chula Vista mall early Monday morning is a 58-year-old retired police officer working for a Culver City-based security firm, police said.

Security guard Jose Jimenez confronted two suspects about 6:40 a.m. who had just broken the window at the closed Otay Ranch Town Center, intent on a "smash and grab" burglary at the Apple store, police said.

One suspect fired at Jimenez, who returned fire, police said. A gun battle continued outside the store as the two suspects, and a woman waiting for them in a car outside the store, sought to flee in a silver, two-door Acura.

The car smashed into a light post in the mall parking lot. The driver, who had been shot in the head, was later pronounced dead at the scene by the county medical examiner.

The two other suspects fled on foot and were arrested after a search by the Chula Vista police, Border Patrol, California Highway Patrol and a Sheriff's Department helicopter.

The two were identified as Melissa Ortiz, 21, and John Chendra, 24. They were arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary and conspiracy.

The dead man was not identified. The security guard was uninjured.


One suspect dead, two in custody after shootout with security guard in Chula Vista 

-- Tony Perry in San Diego