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San Jacinto robbery suspect dies in crash after pursuit

A suspect who tried to rob a business in San Jacinto early Tuesday afternoon, March 24, fled after an employee fired a gun at him and died when he sped from sheriff’s deputies and crashed on the Ramona Expressway, authorities said.

Deputies were called to the attempted robbery in the 2200 block of West Esplanade Avenue just before 1:20 p.m. on an attempted robbery call, Deputy Robyn Flores said. The California Highway Patrol described the business as a smoke shop.

It was not immediately known if the suspect, only described as a man, was struck by the gunfire, but he fled the scene in what the CHP described as a tan Ford, with no other description of the vehicle.

Deputies found the suspect vehicle in the area of Ramona Expressway and Hansen Avenue, Flores said.

“When the suspect saw the sheriff’s patrol vehicle, the suspect sped off, lost control, collided into a vehicle, was ejected, and pronounced deceased at the scene,” she said. The CHP described the vehicle as “in two major pieces.”

A man and a woman were in the pickup truck struck by the fleeing suspect’s car, and both were expected to survive.

The Ramona Expressway in the area of the incident  west of San Jacinto was expected to be closed for several hours for an investigation, Flores said. No other information was immediately available.

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