Cop's life saved as bullet hits badge in wild deadly chase

Officer Shot and Saved by Badge Suspect Dies In Fiery Crash

Just after midnight Friday, Huntington Beach police responded to a domestic violence call at a home near Bushard Street and Yorktown Avenue.

The suspect took officers on a auto chase through Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, and then up the 15 freeway with speeds reaching up to 100 miles per hour, reports NBC 4.

A bullet fired by a fleeing domestic violence suspect deflected off a responding police officer's badge in an exchange of gunfire at the outset of a long pursuit that ended with the suspect's death in a fiery auto crash early Friday, Huntington Beach police said. As two officers in two separate cars were pulling up, a man was getting into his vehicle to leave the residence, said Officer Jennifer Marlatt, a spokeswoman for the Huntington Beach Police Department. When told to get out, the man drove away, made a u-turn, and began shooting at officers from his vehicle.

The officer whose badge redirected the bullet sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from an area hospital, Marlatt said.

The pursuit continued into Costa Mesa where the officers lost sight of the suspect, Marlatt said. The vehicle was consumed by the fire, and the man died.

During the investigation, the suspect fired at officers, with a bullet hitting an officer's badge, authorities said.

During the chase, the suspect veered off the road and went down an embankment by Cleghorn Road in Cajon Pass.

The crash prompted authorities to issue a SigAlert for the area. Firefighters responded quickly to keep the fire from spreading and extinguished the fire. The offramp would likely be closed for several hours, he said.

The Huntington Beach Police Department has declined to release information about the gunman or the domestic violence report.