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2 San Diego deputies wounded, suspect kills self

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) -- A man who stole his mother's car despite her restraining order against him barricaded himself in her home, shot two San Diego County sheriff's deputies, and then killed himself early Thursday after a 10-hour standoff, authorities said.

Both deputies are expected to survive. One underwent surgery for a severe leg injury and the other was treated for a grazing fragment wound to his forehead and released.

The medical examiner was expected to release the 22-year-old suspect's name Thursday.

Deputies received a call from the dead man's mother around 1 p.m. Wednesday saying he had come to her home angry over a restraining order she had obtained against him. He stole her car and left, sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser said.

He returned around to the Leucadia neighborhood of Encinitas, a suburb north of San Diego, about 3 p.m. Wednesday and deputies responded. The gunman refused to leave the house as ordered, so deputies lobbed tear gas into the house, Fraser said. He opened fire and wounded the deputies.

The call of “officer down” brought help from several surrounding communities. Television stations were asked not to broadcast live, buses were rerouted and roads around the area were closed.

Fraser held a news conference asking the gunman: “Just do exactly as you're told. We need to resolve this peacefully and soon.”

Shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday, a robotic device was sent into the house to see if it was safe to enter, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Deputies entered and found the man dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

It has been “a real dark few weeks for all law enforcement in Southern California,” Sheriff Bill Gore said, referring to the manhunt for ex-police officer turned fugitive Christopher Dorner earlier this month.

Dorner is suspected of killing four people, including lawmen from Riverside and San Bernardino. He died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound during a siege of a mountain cabin near Big Bear Lake.

The San Diego shootings “highlight the type of danger that peace officers in this country face every day,” Gore said.

He talked to the deputy who underwent surgery. “He's traumatized, but his training took over and hopefully he'll make a full recovery,” he told UT San Diego.

Wednesday's shootings come five months after two San Diego County sheriff's deputies were wounded in a shootout in Lakeside while investigating a child molestation report.

Two officers were shot in a 15-minute gun battle on Sept. 25. One was hospitalized for three days, but the other suffered severe injuries and has undergone several surgeries.

The suspect has pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer but his case hasn't come to trial yet.

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