OCEANSIDE — Police have identified a homicide suspect and his victim, both now deceased after reports of a domestic dispute ended with a man exchanging gunfire with police before reportedly taking his own life.
Oceanside Police responded to multiple calls about a family disturbance and apparent gunshots in the 500 block of Fredricks Avenue on June 22 at approximately 11:56 p.m.
Police discovered 34-year-old Kimberly Foster of Oceanside inside a residence with multiple gunshot wounds. She did not survive her injuries. Investigators gathered evidence at the scene that indicated Foster was killed by Dorian Larkin, 28, a man with whom she was in a relationship.
A few hours later at approximately 2:38 a.m. on June 23, deputies from Riverside County Sheriff’s Office located Larkin in a vehicle near Interstate 15 and Winchester Road in Temecula.
When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver failed to yield and continued driving through Fallbrook and back into Oceanside.
The pursuit ended when Larkin exited his vehicle in a strip mall parking lot in the 500 block of Vandegrift Boulevard in Oceanside, pulled out a firearm and started shooting at officers, authorities said.
At least one police vehicle was struck by the suspect’s gunfire.
According to OPD spokesperson Jennifer Atenza, an Oceanside Police officer and a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy returned fire multiple times before the suspect fled the area on foot with officers still in pursuit.
At the intersection of Gold and Sol Drive, Larkin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office.
The involved officers are Oceanside police Officer Malcom Cisneros, who has been employed by the department for nine years and is currently assigned as a canine handler, and Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Richard Schweitzer, who has been employed by the sheriff’s office for about two years and is assigned to patrol.
Per the countywide memorandum of understanding, the San Diego Police Homicide Unit was called to the scene to conduct the officer-involved shooting investigation. Detectives are currently gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses and examining the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Atenza said the investigation and review process for officer-involved shootings is extremely thorough. When the unit completes its investigation, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office will review it to determine if the officers bear any criminal liability for their actions.
Oceanside Police and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an administrative investigation into their officers’ discharge of their firearms, Atenza said. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will also be monitoring the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the San Diego Police Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Information specifically about the homicide can also be provided to Oceanside Police at 760-435-4900 or through Crime Stoppers.
Editor’s Note: A previously published story incorrectly indicated that the homicide suspect was killed by officers.