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Off-duty cop shoots two men after road rage incident, police say

October 5, 2012 | 12:52 pm

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

The officer had a confrontation with the men in the parking lot of the Shoppes at Chino Hills about 8 p.m. after they pulled off the 71 Freeway following what was described as a road rage incident, Cindy Bachman, a San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Officials did not name the officer.

The off-duty officer stopped and got out of his car as four men got out of the other vehicle, Bachman said.

"The four suspects moved toward the victim, and he saw the suspects with objects in their hands and believed they had weapons," she said.

"The victim armed himself and fired several shots from his weapon, striking two of the suspects,"  Bachman said. "The injured suspects ran a short distance and collapsed."

Two other men were detained and an eight-inch knife and pepper spray can were recovered at the scene, officials said.

Both of the wounded men were taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where one was treated and released and the other remained hospitalized.

A witness said he tried to help one of the wounded men.

Adam Nelson, who was at the shopping center, told KCBS-TV, “I saw this guy and his buddy staggering in the middle of the parking lot. I went and grabbed him and said, ‘Dude, you’ve got to lay down’ cause he was bleeding all over the parking lot,” Nelson said.

“And when I started laying him down he started telling me the story about how this gentleman in a fancy car was following them on the 71 and they had road rage with each other. I don’t know which was which, but I’m probably sure it came from both sides, but he followed them all the way into the parking lot."

"The four gentlemen that parked the car got out and the guy that was still in the car shot at them, hit one guy in the chest and hit the guy I assisted in the wrist, elbow and in the ankle,” Nelson told a reporter.


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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps