Oceanside: Police officer opens fire on driver striking vehicle

An Oceanside police officer opened fire on a driver who rammed his patrol car twice, but did not strike him, police said today.

The patrolman attempted to stop the vehicle driven by Brandon Lake, 20, for an unspecified vehicle code violation shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the vicinity of South Freeman Street and Vista Way.But Lake sped off, Oceanside police Sgt. Matt Cole said.

The officer chased Lake to the 1300 block of Moreno Way near California Street, where Lake allegedly made a U-turn and rammed the patrol car head on. He then backed up and crashed into the officer’s car again, Cole said.

Cole said Lake reversed and accelerated toward the officer, who was now standing outside his vehicle. That prompted the patrolman to fire three shots, none of which struck Lake.

Lake drove off in the wrecked vehicle, but was spotted by other police officers, Cole said.

Lake allegedly crashed into a fence near Alvarado and California streets and tried to run, but was arrested shortly after for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and evading, according to Cole and jail records.

3 Responses to "Oceanside: Police officer opens fire on driver striking vehicle"

  1. grunt   March 28, 2014 at 6:59 am

    This is a prime example of why we need better gun control. Lake could have escaped and done damage to others; had the officer had better gun control (hitting what you aim at) the problem would have ended there.

  2. Really?   March 28, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Please, do you seriously think facts, logic and common sense are going to sway our opinion toward gun ownership? How non-progressive do you think we are?

    Any vehicle with an automatic transmission is an assault vehicle. Ban all automatic transmissions now! It’s for the children!

  3. DR DR   March 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Sad to see a 20 year old with such a messed up head to do something so horrific. It’s amazing the Police Officer is okay!


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