SAN DIEGO (News 8) - Update: As of Saturday afternoon, the deputy U.S. marshal and the suspect are still hospitalized and both are expected to recover. The name of the marshal will not be released as he is involved in other undercover operations.
SAN DIEGO (CNS/News 8) - A wanted man sped away from a traffic stop on a Clairemont Mesa street Friday, dragging a deputy federal marshal the length of a football field and prompting the lawman to shoot him in self-defense, authorities reported.
The events that led to the violent escape attempt, which left both men with apparently non-life-threatening injuries, began about 2:30 p.m. when members of the San Diego Fugitive Task Force in an unmarked vehicle spotted the 31-year-old suspect's car on southbound Interstate 805, according to police and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The plainclothes officers followed the sedan as it exited onto Balboa Avenue, then pulled it over. The driver, a woman, complied with the agents and was taken into custody. The family of the woman has confirmed to News 8 her identity is Lindsey Hagberg.
While Hagberg was detained for questioning, the wanted man she was with then "jumped over" behind the wheel from the front passenger seat and began driving off, San Diego Police Department Capt. Terry McManus told reporters.
"One of the agents on scene reached into the vehicle ... in an attempt to grab the keys and turn (the engine) off before that felon ... could flee and get away," McManus said.
The westbound car pulled the deputy marshal "a great distance" down the road, according to McManus.
"And the officer, while attempting to separate himself from the vehicle but not being able to do so quickly enough, sustained several injuries," the captain said.
A spokesman for the Marshals Service estimated that the agent was dragged about 100 yards along the street.
Finally, fearing for his life, the agent pulled his pistol and fired a single shot at the suspect, who then stopped the car, wounded in the chest, McManus said. The injured lawman rendered first aid to the fugitive prior to the arrival of paramedics, who took both men to hospitals.
The deputy marshal was treated for cuts, scrapes and bruises to his head and body.
"He is going to survive his injuries," McManus said.
The suspect, whose name was not immediately available, also was expected to recover.
"As of five minutes ago, his injuries were not life-threatening," McManus said shortly after 5 p.m.
The fugitive was being sought on suspicion of burglary and weapons violations, according to federal officials.
Various traffic lanes in the busy area where the shooting occurred were closed for hours to allow for investigation.