SAN DIEGO, Aug. 7 (UPI) — San Diego police say an officer shot in the head Saturday probably didn’t know a shotgun-wielding robbery suspect was on the loose in the area.
The unidentified officer was clinging to life Sunday after being shot while waiting at a stoplight while on patrol in San Diego’s City Heights district.
“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.”
Passersby gave first aid to the injured officer and a woman called for help on the patrol car radio.
The suspect in the shooting and an earlier robbery in neighboring El Cajon was shot by several police officers after being cornered in a residential neighborhood. Officials said the suspect was carrying a shotgun at the time.
The incident began with a robbery attempt at a fast-food restaurant in El Cajon in which one person was shot and wounded.
KUSI-TV in San Diego said a California Highway Patrol briefly pursued the suspect, who was driving erratically on the busy highway between San Diego and El Cajon. The CHP officer also was unaware the speeding car was connected to a robbery and discontinued the pursuit rather than risk an accident.