San Diego police van with van ending near 54th Street

SAN DIEGO – A police chase through San Diego has ended in an hour-long fight between authorities and a possibly armed man in a van Saturday morning.

Officers and a SWAT team got the vehicle surrounded near the intersection of 54th and Lea streets in Chollas Creek, a San Diego Police Department chief said. Traffic was blocked and residents of nearby Chollas Parkway and Streamview Drive were asked to stay away from standoff.

The hunt started around kl. Officers who went to the home saw a man driving away in a van with a woman. They tried to pull the man over, but he refused to stop, the SDPD said, and police chased him through the Mid-City area.

Eventually, officers managed to get a barbed wire under the car to puncture the driver’s tires. The van, a large passenger-style vehicle, could be seen on video from OnScene.TV, which slowly twisted through a parking lot, losing air from several of its tires. Shortly afterwards, it stopped at the intersection of Chollas Creek.

The officers moved in and led the woman away from the van, pulling her to a safe distance and then returning their attention to the driver of the vehicle. It was not immediately clear what the woman’s relationship was with the man, but she had come out of the van with a suitcase in hand, and officers could be seen interviewing her from a distance.

While the police stood next to him and shouted commands, the man leaned forward and closed the van door in the passenger side. A unit with a police dog, a SWAT team and tactical paramedics from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department was called. The SDPD chief of guards said the man was believed to be armed at some point, but it was not clear if he still had a weapon.

At 11 a.m., police had not said the accident was resolved, and asked residents to avoid the area.

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