msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 8/7/2011 5:44:55 PM ET 2011-08-07T21:44:55

San Diego's police chief says an officer shot in the face in an apparently unprovoked attack has died, and investigators have found a suicide note left by the suspect who fired the gun.

Chief William Lansdowne says 36-year-old Jeremy Henwood, a four-year veteran of the department, died Sunday, a day after being shot while sitting in his patrol car at a San Diego intersection.

The armed suspect, 23-year-old Dejon Marquee White, was later shot to death by police as he tried to avoid arrest. Investigators say they have no motives for the shooting. Police say White wrote a two-page suicide note but it didn't say how he was going to kill himself or why.

White was a suspect in a shooting earlier Saturday at an In-N-Out restaurant 14 miles away in El Cajon. Police chased the vehicle on the freeway, but had to give up after it reached speeds of more than 100 mph.

The victim of the In-N-Out shooting is expected to survive.

'He had no idea'
The officer was shot around 5:30 p.m. local time Saturday when he pulled up to a black Audi in the City Heights area on the city's eastside and a passenger in that car shot him.

"As far as we know, it was totally unprovoked," Police Capt. Jim Collins told the San Diego Union Tribune. "He was not attempting to stop the suspect vehicle. He had no idea that was the suspect vehicle."

He said the shooting led police to track down the vehicle to a nearby apartment, where a gunbattle occurred. Police believed a second suspect was holed up inside and surrounded the apartment, but later found the unit was empty.

The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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