Two Shot In Felony Arrest Gone Bad

by The Editors on November 2, 2007


This evening (November 1, 2007) an attempted arrest of a man wanted for parole violations and a possible child abduction ended with the west lanes of Tamarack being shut down, three separate crime scenes scattered across Carlsbadistan from the beach across Interstate 5 to Adams Street, more than 30 officers involved, and two people shot.

This is how it all unfolded: at approximately 7:30 PM Costa Mesa, California police officers were in Carlsbad to arrest felony parolee-at-large Brian Olsen, 34, at a residence near the corner of Garfield and Olive Street, according to a Carlsbad Police Department spokesman.

While attempting the arrest the subject drove at officers in a late model GM SUV and crashed into an officer’s vehicle. Officers fired on the suspect at the Garfield and Olive location shooting both Olsen and passenger Esther E. Evans, 22. Olsen then drove north on Garfield, east on Tamarack, and then appeared to have lost control of his vehicle on the north side of Tamarack just east of the northbound onramp of Interstate 5.

Olsen then fled from the vehicle leaving the woman in the car. Witnesses first on the scene reported that the woman appeared to be bleeding profusely from a bullet wound to the head. “There was blood all over and she was having seizures,” one witness said.

Police said Evans was transported via Lifeflight to Scripps La Jolla, but that her status was unknown. At least four bullet holes were clearly visible in the passenger door of the SUV.

Olsen, who was described as a white male 6’6″ and 250 pounds was later apprehended by officers at 3670 Adams St and an ambulance was sent to that location. Olsen was reportedly wanted for parole violations. According to the Orange County Register he was:

. . .previously was found guilty to numerous felony charges in nine separate cases – including burglary, narcotics possession and forgery – dating back to 1994, according to Orange County Superior Court records.

Nearly 34 law enforcement officers from Carlsbad, Oceanside, and the San Diego County Sheriff were working the case, according to Carlsbad Police.

Additional Media Coverage:
Two shot by Costa Mesa police officers [Orange County Register]
Female passenger in critical condition after vehicle assault on cops [Union Tribune]
Costa Mesa police shoot two in Carlsbad [North County Times]
Police Shoot Parolee, Passenger Trying To Escape In SUV []
Woman Shot By Costa Mesa Police Dies [North County Times]

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Regis Weber November 2, 2007 at 10:20 am

Outstanding report! You do good work, Carlsbadistan!

BDUB November 2, 2007 at 11:11 am

Great Coverage!

Jon B. November 4, 2007 at 6:24 pm

Better coverage than North County Times, but that is not saying much, THe NCT has really gone downhill

RJ April 25, 2008 at 3:19 am

Yes, Oulie is a felon,vand a tweaker. So was esther, butthey are both loving and caring. esther loved her kids, and all of her friends. oulie’s comrads know the truth. they are by society standards bad people. But that isnt the case. Addiction. a disease, and it turns you to do things you neevr expected of yourself. i know brian, and i knew esther. both of them would have died for the people close to them. they taught you how to take care of yourself. esther had time to get herself together, she was so young. and brian even, could get his life together and anyone would love him. as for her kids, she knew she couldnt be a good mother to them, so she gave them to better lives. its the same thing my parents did for me, and now, i have them both back. had the cops(none of whom were even injured) not killed her, you never know what could have happened. and her god damned PO killed her… most of the bullets were aimed toward her side of the car…so dont tell me they were tryingto stop brin…

Esther… RIP you will be missed, even by those who only know you through stories

Brian… hang in there…i know your comrads miss you and are waiting for the day everyone sees you again

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