Man suspected of shooting San Diego officer killed in gun battle
During a gun battle with San Diego police, the suspected gunman who shot an off-duty police officer Monday was shot and killed late Wednesday night.
San Diego police were attempting to arrest 40-year-old Philip Martin Hernandez in the Barrio Logan neighborhood. Hernandez' s female companion, Cindy Garcia, 18, was arrested without incident, police said.
Hernandez is suspected of commiting a series of stickups while wearing a jacket emblazoned with the word "POLICE." Among those crimes is the shooting Monday of an off-duty San Diego officer who was withdrawing money from an ATM in Escondido.
The officer, a 27-year Police Department veteran, was wounded in the head. But the injury is not considered life-threatening.
Hernandez reportedly was facing charges of child molestation in Riverside. No officers were injured Wednesday night during the gun battle.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego