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San Diego police shoot, kill armed man inside dumpster

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego SWAT officers shot and killed an armed man who led police on a lengthy car chase before driving onto a high school campus and holing up inside a dumpster during an overnight standoff that ended Tuesday morning.

Police said 36-year-old Christopher Marquez was a fugitive wanted in connection with two shootings within the last month. Officers stopped him in nearby National City on Monday night and were trying to take him into custody when he took off in a vehicle with a female passenger, according to a statement from police.

Shots were fired at officers pursuing the car before Marquez drove onto the San Diego High School campus and smashed through a gate. Marquez and the woman then ran and jumped into a dumpster. Police say they saw them with a handgun and rifle.

Officers surrounded the campus and negotiated with Marquez inside the dumpster for 11 hours. As the negotiations dragged on, he became more agitated with them and the woman. She tried to escape the dumpster multiple times but Marquez pulled her back in, according to police.

At one point, the woman agreed to give police a handgun in exchange for water. SWAT officers who were standing above the dumpster then saw Marquez push the woman on the ground and raise his rifle, leading them to believe he was going to shoot her.

Two SWAT officers fired, striking Marquez, and he died at the scene, police said. The woman was not injured. She was taken into custody, and her name has not been released. It is not known yet whether she will face any charges.

Marquez was suspected in the March 15 shooting of a bounty hunter who was trying to serve a felony warrant for him at a home in Chula Vista, south of San Diego. Marquez also was suspected of shooting at police in National City on April 5 during a traffic stop.

National City police said last week that Marquez was wanted on felony warrants for auto theft, hit-and-run, evading arrest and obstructing police.

The San Diego Unified School District, which brought students back Monday for the first time since in-person learning was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, said classes for San Diego High School, two other high schools nearby and San Diego City College would be held online Tuesday.

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