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A San Diego police officer escaped serious injury when he was ambushed near a city park on his second solo patrol. The suspect was captured.
San Diego police identified the officer as Michael Hayes, a rookie who was on his second day of solo patrol. Hayes works out of the southeastern division, according to Capt. Jim Collins.Police said Hayes got out of his black and white patrol car to talk with some people in the park when a white car pulled up beside him, police said. The bullet missed Hayes, but he was hit by glass when the bullet shattered a window of the patrol car, police said.The officer chased the car, but the gunman sped away down Imperial Avenue. A witness took down the gunman's license plate, which police traced to a Hertz rental car agency in National City, where Rahin Mitchell, 32, was arrested in connection with the case.Police said they found PCP in the rental car. Police said at this time, they do not have a motive in the alleged shooting and do not know if the officer was targeted.Mitchell is set to be arraigned Friday and faces charges including making criminal threats against a police officer and attempted murder. In addition, he faces a reckless driving charge in connection with an SUV crash that took place less than a month ago.In that case, Mitchell was suspected of felony drunken driving, after sheriff's deputies said he lost control of an SUV, hit three other cars, and plowed through a house, just narrowly missing a woman, her husband and four children.NBC 7/39 reported his criminal record shows a history of crime, dating back at least 13 years, with at least five felonies, many of them drug related. He's also served time in state prison. The most recent term was two years ago for possession of methamphetamine.
 
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