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2 Deputies Wounded in Encinitas Shooting

SWAT units are currently in a standoff with the suspect.

Updated at 7:52 a.m.

Also see: Suspect in Standoff Found Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Two sheriff's deputies were wounded in a shooting Wednesday in Encinitas, where the gunman was believed to be holed up in a house.

Shots were fired in the 700 block of Del Rio Avenue, near Leucadia Boulevard, shortly after 3:30 p.m. as deputies searched for an auto theft suspect, according to the sheriff's department.

Members of the sheriff's Special Enforcement Detail were summoned to the area and had the place surrounded late this afternoon.

Patrol deputies were sent to the area about 1 p.m. on a report of a stolen vehicle, but could not immediately find the suspect. When deputies returned to the 700 block of Del Rio Avenue and tried to approach the suspect, they were fired on, sheriff's officials said.

One deputy was initially taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas with a leg wound, and was later transferred to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla where he underwent surgery, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore told reporters.

The other deputy was hospitalized with a glancing head wound and had been treated. It was unknown if he would be released tonight or kept overnight, according to Gore.

"Hopefully they'll both make full recoveries," Gore said.

Both deputies' family members were at the hospital. Neither deputy's name was released.

Homes south of Del Rio Avenue were evacuated as a precaution, sheriff's officials said. Del Rio Avenue was closed west of Leucadia and south of Saxony Road.     A sheriff's helicopter flew overhead and its crew made announcements, authorities said. Carlsbad police personnel also assisted with the SWAT call.

Sheriff's officials were advising the public to avoid the 700 block of Del Rio Avenue.

Stay with Patch for more information as it becomes available.

E Whitney February 21, 2013 at 02:35 AM
How much any one wanna bet the car thief cop shooter is one of those poor souls our genius hippy governor let out of prison? This is what happens when leftists get power. They take power away from law abiding citizens and give it to criminals out of some ridiculously illogical idea of compassion. No compassion for the law abiding American citizen, but man anyone doing time, or breaking laws? Lets all march for their rights.
Shea Roney February 21, 2013 at 03:25 AM
he's a young local heroin addict who needs help and jail time! Quit your lame political crap. 2 officers shot and you are talking about this? come on.
Ted Townsend February 21, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Shea, Perfectly stated!
G Haus February 21, 2013 at 05:07 AM
Wow, E Whitney, way to jump to radical conclusions! How ignorant.
J Pyphrom February 21, 2013 at 05:33 AM
I know this guy. His name is Evan. He's not an ex con. Anyway, who are any of you to condemn this man. You have done evil in your life, permitted, not nearly as bad as this, but now you can stand on your high horse, and speak so piously about justice and how this man deserves jail time. I would like to see you walk through his life and say that. I would like to see you deal with some of the stuff he had to and come to me and say this. I am not saying his actions don't deserve jail time, but all of you self righteous nit witts need a reality check.
Shea Roney February 21, 2013 at 05:40 AM
J, tell that to E Whitney. If you read my comment, I was saying that he needed help. Read the posts before you post. If he had problems, why didnt he seek help before shooting at police officers? huh? 2 officers injured, tons of residents not being able to go home, horrific traffic all due to a dispute with his mom? I don't hold myself on a high horse ever. I grew up in the Encinitas punk scene since the 80's and sick of all the drugs and violence going on here.
Lainie Stefanou Carter February 21, 2013 at 05:58 AM
My prayers go out to the officers and their families. I agree with what has already been said: this is not a time for accusations, but for concern. I pray that no one else gets injured before this is all over.
Vbeltran February 21, 2013 at 06:00 AM
you'd think it was Compton up in here. Whatever problems this guy had did not give him the right to shoot at people, let alone police! I mean he is only 22, and lives in Leucadia. How bad could it possibly be, dude! Go jump in the freakin ocean if you don't want to have anything to do with this life, don't harm or blame anybody else for your bad choices!
Ryan February 21, 2013 at 06:29 AM
Vbtran i must say all of these posts were interesting and each one made me think quite a bit. My mother lives .2 miles from here(and that is streets) not hoping a fence. Thats.1 miles away. Anyway I have been listening to police scaners and anything else for 8 hours. I agree obviously that I do not want anyone else hurt. 100% and I also respect the comment from the person who knows this guy. I imagine he has been through a lot otherwise he would not be capable of this(with a few exceptions) pscycopaths, sociopaths etc.. However we have all been through many terrible things and for someone to say again and again well you have no idea is horseshit. Just because you know him does not mean you know any of us. Nobody that has any type of emotion at all would ever do anything like this or any of the other awful things that happen in the U..S daily. If he is a heroin addict get suboxone(done that) if he has family problems leave those problems and move on(done that) if hes a hippy from leucadia(yes i lived there for 6 years) then just get baked and chill or get baked and kill yourself which is most likely how this will end he is just scared. Otherwise you hurt others and you have everyone against you. Just like this. I hope he comes to his senses and just turns him self in before he ends it or they do. Its just a matter of time
RATSJ February 21, 2013 at 06:32 AM
The guy is still held up in the house at this hour. More senseless actions by someone with a gun. I feel like I'm living in the wild, Wild West.....oh wait...I am! When will all this gun crap end????
corey bane February 21, 2013 at 06:43 AM
It's all cause the new Wal-Mart. Well, at least that's what I'd like to blame it on and it makes about as much sense as the first guys comment.
Darius Degher February 21, 2013 at 06:47 AM
Another NRA success story. This troubled kid with a knife -- that's what I want to see. Don't tell me guns are not at fault. The kid with a gun is what has led to a militarized zone up the street. The kid with a gun is what has led to police helicopters turning our little Leucadia refuge into a Compton.
J Pyphrom February 21, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Darius, you appear to be very detached from what actually happened. I knew this man, and I knew what kind of weaponry he had. Which, for your information, is about 20 gauge shotgun with trap and skeet rounds. If you don't know what those are, they are little beebees with the muzzle velocity and stopping power so low, that you would have to be 5 feet away for it to kill you. I will be the first to tell you that I, as a military member, own far more dangerous weapons than that. Which one of us is more dangerous? Am I unable to do just as he has done just because of my title? No, I am not. Stop blaming the NRA for gun laws that California and your local government set. If you really want something to be done about violence, why don't you take time out of your life to go serve people in dire situations? Why don't you take part in putting together a City Ordnance instead of complaining over the internet. You must be blind because your Leucadia refuge is filled with kids going around, fighting each other, doing drugs, and committing crime because of a failure on the part of their parents. You want things to be done right? Set the example.
J Pyphrom February 21, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Do you honestly think the city of San Diego needed to dispatch a task force to deal with a heroin addicted kid with a shotgun? No, they didn't. You don't need a fucking APC, dozens of cops with assault rifles, and a sniper to deal with this. Take a look into your local government and see about some of the allocations of funding, because this is a huge mistake.
corey bane February 21, 2013 at 08:33 AM
J, that little rant was completely devoid of any logical or coherent thought. You seem to be arguing with yourself. Keeping arms of any sort from someone with mental problems or drug abuse issues, is a good thing. How do you know if Darius is or isn't involved in the community. Get a grip bud, no one wants your guns IF you're sane.
J Pyphrom February 21, 2013 at 09:40 AM
You missed the point. I am not saying anything about gun control. If you want to lobby to keep arms out of people with drug issues, that is your business. That has nothing to do with what I am saying. You assume because I go against someone you agree with, that I must believe the exact opposite. You are truly a great representation of bipartisan thought and politics. I'm saying that people should go out there and get involved in helping people like my friend, instead of complaining about the NRA on the internet. I am sure you felt good about telling me I was devoid of any logical or coherent thought, but, jackass, im not trying to argue with you. I just want pious "concerned" homeowners like yourself to actually do something instead of complain on the internet. Ohh, for your next piece, I would suggest that you call me hypocritical for complaining on the internet and completely disregard anything that I said.
J Pyphrom February 21, 2013 at 09:45 AM
Please, bulldog, could you point out the part of my "rant" when I said, "people with mental issues should have guns." I may have said this man's gun was not very dangerous, but I did not say that he should have it. I am not about to bring myself to your level and start mindlessly assaulting your rationale because I failed to take the time to understand an opposing opinion. I do not care enough about what you have to say to do that.
corey bane February 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM
I just said I couldn't make heads or tails of your point of view. Maybe the lack of commas or, proper grammer, or general stream of conciousness. The poster you responded to mentioned a troubled person shouldn't have a gun. You followed with some illogical thought about your own danger and gun collection. Maybe you just like to argue even though you agree. Again, how do you know the person you quoted ISN'T on the streets doing something about it or even better, focusing on being a good parent or family member. How does his posting online draw your criticism that he lacks action, when your post assumes your high horse is sturdy. Pretty sad when you pick up on your own hypocrisy before I do, yet don't correct it. Can only assume your ego is to large to allow you to think you might be wrong.
Tapple February 21, 2013 at 02:41 PM
My prayers and thoughts go out to the wounded deputies and their families and thank you to all the men and women who put on a uniform and put their life at risk everyday to protect our freedoms . . .
Anna Anikanova February 21, 2013 at 02:58 PM
What's going ok at this moment? Still no progress?
Darius Degher February 21, 2013 at 03:48 PM
J: I have no idea what you are trying to argue. Your position sounds confused. I stand by my original statement. If that poor kid had only had a knife, none of this insane inflation of police resources would have been necessary. So, yes, I hold the NRA responsible for perpetuating illogical arguments about gun rights and for gross misinterpretation and misrepresentation of the Second Amendment. We want our mentally unstable, suicidal citizens to have knives, perhaps baseball bats, not guns. The instrument is the problem – otherwise, why shouldn't we all have the right to our own nuclear weapon?
Elizabeth Mount February 21, 2013 at 03:54 PM
May this end peacefully. I hope the young man gets the help he needs. Someone dropped the ball in his early years.
Elizabeth Mount February 21, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Oh No. Too late. Very Sad! So sorry for all involved. There are many others out there who need help. Please find them before it is too late.
Ryan February 21, 2013 at 04:31 PM
J pyphrom I honestly can say that I agree to disagree. You want to keep talking about how guns are not the problem and the NRA is not the problem, then what is family? Atleast thats what I am gettng from your posts. Parents do things wrong of course just like you and I but this is their fault? Or is the grandparents fault? I will do you a favor and answer this for you because I dont want to take you away from the shooting range or cleaning your gun. Its people like you that are the problem. You said that none of us know what this kid was going through and maybe you are right but that statement tells me that you knew what he was going through. So maybe just maybe if you took some time away from your 40 cal to help this kid or get him some help then none of us would be on here at all. No police officers would be shot and no residents would be stuck away from their homes pets etc.. I mean after all of the crap we have all seen especially the school shootings and mental issues contributing to those did you honestly never think to step in? I wish I knew the kid because I know I would have atleast tried and maybe even saved his life. Maybe that is the solution we need to focus on not guns, criminals, politicrs and all the other stupid shit we focus on daily
Ryan February 21, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Dont get me wrong I appreciate your opinion and most importantly what you do for this country. I just think that we are made up of what we learn from our friends, parents and our mentors as well and it sounds like this kid could have used one of those atleast. I am sorry about your friend. I hope he is in a better place
Shell Rocket Scientist February 21, 2013 at 05:21 PM
He was a 22 year old kid who had gone to La Costa Canyon with MY kids. Parents, Teachers, Leaders, Law Enforcement and PASTORS need to wake up and start giving these kids HOPE so they quit turning to drugs- Drugs make people do stupid, harmful things- to others AND themselves! Ironic how our society won't tolerate Biblical Principles- God repeated EIGHT TIMES*: "LOVE your NEIGHBOR as YOURSELF" Jesus said it SUMS Up the ENTIRE LAW. It's NATURAL to love ourselves- WHAT has happened to a society where kids are killing themselves at a progressive rate? This has NOTHING to do with the President- We're a society who won't tolerate TRUTH which SAVES us... and we're reaping the consequences. Time to get back to Biblical Principles before we completely destroy ourselves. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that this ain't working! * Matthew 19:19, 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8, AND ALSO in the Old Testament: Leviticus 19:18.
Daniel Woolfolk February 21, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Hi Anna, You probably already heard, but here's our update. http://encinitas.patch.com/articles/standoff-ends-in-apparent-suicide
donald Johnson February 22, 2013 at 01:00 AM
The problem is NOT guns. It is Dr Spock who said that we can't correct our kids. Instant punishment for bad as well as instant gratification for good is the best we can do to keep kids out of trouble. and taking away guns is worse than the crime. if we were required to carry guns then there would be NO gun crime in fact all kinds or crime would go down because the STUPID would die the first time they tried to hurt someone with a gun which would be almost anyone since we would all be armed. Can you imagine trying to rob a bank and as soon as they pulled their gun the other 10 in the bank pulled theirs.
Darius Degher February 22, 2013 at 01:36 AM
You're right: guns are not the problem. Gun ADVOCATES are the problem. The disease lies with the people who are so fixated on weapons. How did you folks get so scared? Especially when you live in a place where there's something like one murder every ten years. Turn off your TV, and the fear will start to subside.
Nonymous February 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Evan's parents and sister did everything they could to help him. After he turned 18, it made it that much harder as he was so confused he just wasn't able to make good choices or welcome or accept help. I pray for the officer with the injury to his leg, I pray that Evan rest in peace, I pray his family and friends remember him at the times when he was happy, not on heroin, those moments off time when mental illness didn't consume his life.

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