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Fullerton cop shot during traffic stop recovering, in 'good spirits'

March 18, 2013 | 12:42 pm

A Fullerton police officer who was shot during a traffic stop Sunday morning is expected to fully recover and is in “good spirits,” police said Monday.

The identity of the officer, who is a seven-year department veteran,  is not being released at the request of his family, said Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart.

The shooting occurred when the officer pulled over a dark-colored four-door Pontiac for a minor traffic violation about 12:13 a.m. near Woods and Knepp avenues in Fullerton, police said.

As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver -- later identified as Marcos Bush, 29 -- fired a handgun, striking the officer several times, police said.

The officer returned fire but it was not known if he struck either of the vehicle's two occupants.

The vehicle sped from the scene and was later pulled over by the California Highway Patrol in Riverside, where Sjanee Duhart, of Riverside, was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to attempted murder, police said.

After a short foot chase, Bush was apprehended and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.

Bush has a lengthy arrest record that includes robbery, aggravated assault and carjacking and is an active member of a gang, police said.

The officer, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive.

“He’s actually in pretty good spirits right now,” Stuart said.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Fullerton Police Department at (714) 738-6838.

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