A report is called in…someone is slashing tires. Two Huntington Beach police officers respond. A chase and a scuffle ensue and both officers are shot. By each other.
“Based on (a) preliminary investigation, it appears the officers were injured by friendly fire,” an Orange County Sheriff’s Office statement says.
No one came away unscathed as the alleged tire slasher was shot as well.
Officers chased the 29-year-old suspect on foot and they were between multi-family complexes when the shooting happened. Jaimee Blashaw, a sheriff’s spokeswoman, declined to provide more details on the officers’ gunshots.
The good news: according to the Daily Mail, neither of the officers was seriously wounded.
“Both officers were medically examined and have since been released from the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”
The suspect, who was also shot, is still hospitalized with what are described as “non-life-threatening injuries.” So everyone will recover, at least physically. As for how this all happened . . .
Jaimee Blashaw, a sheriff’s spokeswoman, declined to provide more details on the officers’ gunshots.
Enquiring minds would love to know.