Deputies in Lancaster opened fire twice on a suspect who allegedly used his vehicle to try to strike deputies at two different locations during a pursuit, and the suspect is in custody Friday morning.

Deputies responded to a 911 call regarding a possible assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence incident in the 44800 block of Fenhold Street, near the intersection of East Lancaster Boulevard and 13th Street East, about 3 p.m. Thursday, according to Deputy James Nagao.

When deputies arrived, they were informed the suspect had left the scene and during a search of the area they located a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle and a pursuit began, Nagao said.

The suspect led deputies back to the victim’s driveway on Fenhold Street and refused orders to get out of the vehicle. Deputies fired less lethal weapons and the suspect put the vehicle in reverse and moved toward deputies, prompting them to open fire, Nagao said.

The suspect rammed his vehicle into two patrol cars and drove away, then tried to run over a deputy who was deploying spike strips, prompting a second shooting, Nagao said.

The pursuit ended when the suspect’s vehicle developed mechanical issues and stopped moving. The suspect, identified only as a 56-year-old Lancaster resident, fought with deputies while being arrested and less lethal weapons were used, Nagao said.

Deputies took the suspect into custody and he was later taken to a hospital for treatment for an injury to his left hand. It was unclear if the injury was a result of gunfire or the fight with deputies.

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