Jose Pascua Ortiz, 46

Vallejo, California
April 11, 2001

Agencies: Sonoma County Sheriff's Office - California | Vallejo Police Department California

Cause of death: Shooting

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A man killed by police after he allegedly tried to run over an officer with his car was identified yesterday as 46-year-old Jose Pascua Ortiz of Vallejo.

Authorities said Ortiz died from a single gunshot wound in the chest after leading officers on a high-speed chase through the city on Wednesday.

Ortiz was allegedly stealing mail in a Vallejo neighborhood when he was confronted by police. He was shot by motorcycle Officer Buddy Jah, who had been knocked to the ground by Ortiz's car and was in its path as the suspect drove in reverse, police said.