2 hospitalized after being shot by off-duty cop in Angel Stadium parking lot

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Article Date: 6/25/2009 | Resource: MLG

2 hospitalized after being shot by off-duty cop in Angel Stadium parking lot

Two men remained hospitalized in very serious condition today, after being shot in the Angel Stadium parking lot last night by an off- duty police officer, who claims he acted in self-defense, according to authorities.

About a half hour after the game between the Angels and the Colorado Rockies, which ended at 10:20 p.m., the off-duty Anaheim Police officer called his department to say that two men had hit him in the head repeatedly with beer bottles during a confrontation and that he shot them following the assault, said Sgt. Rick Martinez, the public information officer with the Anaheim Police Department.

The officer told his department he had identified himself as an off-duty police officer to the men before the shooting, but they “didn’t back off,” said Martinez.

The officer had attended the game with his wife and small children, Martinez said.

One man was shot in the chin area and his injuries are considered life- threatening, said Martinez, adding the other man was shot in the upper arm. He was listed in serious but stable condition.

Both shooting victims were hospitalized at UCI Medical Center in the City of Orange, according to the video crew at the scene. They were still in the hospital as of 5 a.m.

The officer was also transported to a hospital in serious condition from being struck in the head with the bottles. The officer was released from the hospital early this morning, according to Martinez.

The Orange County District Attorney’s office shooting team, and high- ranking command officers for the Anaheim police department went to the scene to investigate the shooting, according to a video crew at the scene.

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Jeffrey Marquart