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Man suspected of shooting San Diego officer killed in gun battle

November 1, 2012 |  3:01 pm

During a gun battle with San Diego police, the suspected gunman who shot an off-duty police officer Monday was shot and killed late Wednesday night.

San Diego police were attempting to arrest 40-year-old Philip Martin Hernandez in the Barrio Logan neighborhood. Hernandez' s female companion, Cindy Garcia, 18, was arrested without incident, police said.

Hernandez is suspected of commiting a series of stickups while wearing a jacket emblazoned with the word "POLICE." Among those crimes is the shooting Monday of an off-duty San Diego officer who was withdrawing money from an ATM in Escondido.

The officer, a 27-year Police Department veteran, was wounded in the head. But the injury is not considered life-threatening.

Hernandez reportedly was facing charges of child molestation in Riverside. No officers were injured Wednesday night during the gun battle.


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