SAN DIEGO — A California Highway Patrol officer was shot in his right thigh and injured during a struggle Wednesday evening while investigating a crash on Interstate 8 at Interstate 805 in Mission Valley, authorities said.
The wounded officer was in serious but stable condition Wednesday night at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest, according to CHP Capt. Michael Harris, who spoke to reporters outside of the hospital. The officer’s name was not released, but he has worked for the Highway Patrol for eight years.
Harris said the officer was investigating a crash about 6:15 p.m. near the ramp from east I-8 to north I-805 when he “became involved in a struggle with a pedestrian, resulting in a single gunshot. The officer was wounded in his right thigh.”
Harris did not say whether the gunshot came from the officer’s gun or if the other man was armed with a weapon. He said it “has yet to be determined” whether the officer fired his gun.
Good Samaritans helped “subdue” the suspect until other officers arrived and arrested a 25-year-old San Diego man, Harris said. The suspect’s name was not released.
“We are very, very grateful for” the good Samaritans who helped subdue the man, Harris said, adding that “we are all praying that (the officer) makes a full recovery swiftly.”
Harris said it was unknown Wednesday night whether the man who struggled with the officer was involved in the crash the officer was investigating.
Authorities shut down both directions of I-8 in the area, beneath the I-8 to I-805 interchange, for several hours. The eastbound lanes were reopened around 9 p.m., but the westbound lanes remained closed Wednesday night.
This is the second shooting incident in four days involving CHP officers on local freeways, though they’re not suspected of being related. On early Sunday morning, someone in a passing vehicle fired shots as CHP officers and firefighters worked fatal collision on I-805 near state Route 94. Nobody was struck by that gunfire.
“We don’t have any information that leads us to believe that (Wednesday’s shooting) is connected to any other incident,” Harris said.
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