published Sunday, October 20th, 2013

High-speed chase closes U.S.-Mexico border crossing

SAN DIEGO — A high-speed chase that ended with authorities killing a suspected carjacker closed traffic Saturday into Mexico at one of San Diego's border crossings.

Three U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents shot at and killed the driver of a car that stopped near the Otay Mesa border crossing and then began driving toward an agent, San Diego police Lt. Jorge Duran said in a statement.

The driver, who died at the scene, had led California Highway Patrol officers on a nearly 100-mile chase.

The crossing was shut to southbound vehicle and pedestrian traffic following the 10:30 a.m. shooting. It remained open from Mexico into the U.S., but could be closed well into the evening going the other way, U.S. Customs and Border Forrest Bustamante Protection supervisor said. The busy San Ysidro crossing nearby was unaffected.

The chase began after a suspected carjacking in the Riverside County city of Perris just after 9:30 a.m. It reached speeds of 100 mph as the suspect drove south through San Diego County.

Police said the suspect was riding alone in the car but could not say whether he was armed.

His identity had not yet been determined, Duran said.

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