A thief shot an off-duty San Diego police officer during a holdup outside a North County credit union Monday, leaving him hospitalized with a non-life-threatening graze wound to his head.
The 57-year-old lawman had just used an ATM at the financial-services office in the 1600 block of South Escondido Boulevard about 12:15 p.m. when the bandit confronted him and stole his wallet and cell phone, then opened fire on him from behind with a silver pistol, according to police.
Medics took the wounded officer, a 27-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, to Palomar Medical Center, where he was admitted in stable condition. His name was not released.
The shooter fled the area to the south on foot, Lt. Craig Carter said. The bandit was described as a stocky, roughly 5-foot-7-inch Latino from 25 to 40 years old, wearing black clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, a jacket and a baseball cap with the word "police" on it in white letters, the lieutenant said.
-City News Service
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