A Costa Mesa police officer shot at a stolen truck that began ramming his patrol car Thursday morning, authorities said.
The shooting occurred about 6:11 a.m. outside the New Harbor Inn, 2205 Harbor Blvd.
According to police, an electronic vehicle tracking system in the officer's car alerted him that a stolen car was in the area. When he turned into the southwest portion of the motel's parking lot, he found two men sitting in a reportedly stolen black Nissan pickup truck.
The truck backed up, then drove directly into the officer's vehicle twice, Lt. Tim Schennum said in a press release.
The officer fired several shots at the truck in self-defense, and the passenger immediately jumped out and surrendered, according to the release.
The driver bailed out of the vehicle, ran out of the parking lot and down Harbor Boulevard.
About 10 a.m., several business owners and area residents stood on the sidewalk looking toward the motel and a nearby command center that police set up at the neighboring mobile home park.