Update: The victim in this case has been identified as Robin Rodriguez, manager of the Rubio’s Restaurant in Solana Beach. While examining the scene, homicide detectives located the knife near where Ibarra was shot. The tip of the knife appeared to have been broken off. At the hospital, doctors removed what appeared to be the tip of the knife from Rodriguez’ head. Rodriguez remains at an area hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office has completed the autopsy related to this investigation and positively identified the suspect as 34 year-old transient Emmanuel Ibarra. The cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds.
Shortly after the attack, deputies located a man in the 3200 block of Camino Del Mar in the city of Del Mar matching the description given by witnesses. Deputies contacted Ibarra who was still armed with the knife near the train tracks under the Via del la Valle overpass. Ibarra came from behind a concrete bridge support, knife in hand and quickly moved toward the deputy closest to him. That deputy immediately began backing away from Ibarra and lost his footing falling back onto the ground. The second deputy yelled at Ibarra who turned his attention toward him. Ibarra immediately charged the second deputy while still armed with the knife. That deputy fired his Department issued handgun, striking Ibarra. Additional deputies arrived at the scene and were able to move the knife away from Ibarra, making the area safe for medics to enter and administer first aid.
Original story follows:
Solana Beach CA— On Monday afternoon, May 15, 2017 at about 3:54PM, deputies from the Sheriff’s North County Coastal Station responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at the Rubio’s Restaurant at 437 South Highway 101, in the city of Solana Beach. When deputies arrived they found an injured man who witnesses said had been stabbed in the face at the location. Witnesses gave deputies a description of the man who had fled the scene.
Shortly after, deputies located a man matching the description given by witnesses about four blocks south of the Rubio’s Restaurant, in the 3200 block of Camino Del Mar, in the city of Del Mar. When they contacted the suspect, who was still armed with the knife, a confrontation followed which culminated in a deputy involved shooting.
The facts surrounding the confrontation are currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail. The suspect was treated at the scene before medics transported him to the hospital. The suspect did not survive his injuries and was pronounced at the hospital; he has not yet been identified.
Medics transported the victim of the stabbing to the hospital where he is currently being treated. He is expected to survive his injuries.
Afternoon coastal rail service, on the COASTER and Amtrak Surfliner, was disrupted and eventually canceled due to the investigation with train passengers being bused between the Sorrento Valley and Solana Beach stations.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.