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December 26, 2021 Vista Homicide Investigation-updated

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Vista CA— On December 26, 2021, just after 5:00 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1300 block of Teelin Avenue in Vista for a report of a shooting. When deputies arrived, they found an adult male who had been shot. Deputies provided lifesaving measures until relieved by fire department personnel. Unfortunately, the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The deceased man was identified as forty-two-year-old Florencio Rodriguez. Florencio lived at the Teelin address and was found shot in the driveway of his home.
The Sheriff’s Homicide Unit responded and assumed responsibility for the investigation.
Sheriff’s Homicide detectives continued their investigation and identified thirty-nine-year-old Roberto Cazares Salgado as the suspect in the murder of Florencio. Salgado’s information was shared with other law enforcement agencies in the region.
Later in the evening, at 11:19 p.m., an Escondido Police Officer spotted the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Salgado was driving the truck and failed to yield, leading police on a lengthy pursuit for several hours. The truck was also occupied by a female passenger. The pursuit route included driving to interstate 5 freeway before returning to Escondido.
Police used spike strips to reduce speeds of the truck and attempt to safely end the pursuit. Three of the four tires were deflated but the vehicle continued at slow speeds.  During the pursuit it was learned that the suspect’s vehicle was equipped with OnStar, and they were able to remotely disable the truck in the area of Mission Avenue and Gamble Street in Escondido.
When the truck stopped, Salgado exited and there was an exchange of gunfire between him and two Escondido Police Officers. The suspect was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at an area hospital. One Escondido Police Officer who fired his weapon was shot by the suspect. He was treated at Palomar Medical Center for a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest and released. The female passenger was not injured.

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December 26, 2021 Vista Homicide Investigation-updated