Off Duty San Diego Police Officer Shot in the Head

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10/29/12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lt. Craig Carter, 760-839-4702

On 10-29-12 at about 12:17 hours, Escondido Police and Fire responded to a shots fired call in the 1600 block of South Escondido Boulevard. When officers arrived, they encountered several witnesses and a victim of a shooting. The victim was at an ATM located in front of a credit union and was confronted by a single Hispanic male described as 25 to 40 years old, 5-foot-7, stocky build, wearing a black button up long-sleeved shirt, black pants, a black wind breaker-type jacket and a black baseball cap with white letters that spell POLICE. 

The suspect confronted the victim at the ATM and fired one shot at the victim’s head. The victim in this case is a 57-year-old off-duty San Diego police officer with 27 years of police service. The victim was transported to Palomar Medical Center by Escondido firefighter-paramedics, where he is in guarded condition. His condition was not believed to be life-threatening. The reported loss is the victim’s wallet, cellphone and an undisclosed amount of cash.

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