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Off-duty San Diego police officer shoots suspect trying to steal his motorcycle

An off-duty San Diego police officer shot one of two men Wednesday night who were trying to steal the officer's motorcycle from his apartment in the Nestor neighborhood, police said Thursday.

The officer, identified only as a three-year veteran of the department, discovered two men attempting to put his motorcycle into a minivan about 9:35 p.m. He identified himself as an officer and ordered one man to the ground, police said.

Instead of complying, the suspect fought with the officer and then "turned and placed both hands inside the midsection of his jacket," police said. "Believing the suspect was arming himself, the officer fired his weapon and struck the suspect."

The suspect, Eduardo Gonzalez, 28, was arrested and taken to a hospital for what is described as a non-life-threatening wound. The second suspect disappeared with the minivan and the motorcycle, a black 2008 Yamaha R1.    

The police homicide squad is investigating the incident, standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.

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nice guys.

Right on! Shoot that thief. Hopefully he will learn his lesso and stop stealing other peoples stuff.

Nice story. :)

GOOD! Thieves stole my Black 2008, Yamaha R1 in West Covina and it was caught on tape, although at a distance. The dirtbags placed it into the back of a minivan and drove away... They probably do this crap all the time, because they're too lazy to work for their own stuff!!!!

1 out of 2. Not bad. Hope its 2 for 2 next time.

Shoot the thief! I just got the backseats of my Tahoe stolen last week. If I had seen the a holes stealing them, I would have shot at them too.

As a recent home burglary victim, I say "Good for you, Officer! Well done!" Nobody has the right to take anyone else's property. It's wrong and thieves should be punished.

Notice how many are willing to shoot when the law in California doesn't allow it. That means there's a disconnect between the citizen and the law makers. Please rectify that before you kill somebody over 'property'. Reserve the deadly force for protecting PEOPLE.
The law *should* be that deadly force can be used against those committing a felony. Period.


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