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El Cajon police shoot suspect in late-night call about drinking at school

April 20, 2011 |  9:22 am

An El Cajon police officer shot a 28-year-old man in a scuffle that began when police responded to reports of drinking and rowdiness at 11 p.m. Tuesday at an elementary school.

When officers arrived at Johnson Elementary School, two suspects fled, with police in pursuit. "As one of the officers ran around a building, the suspect jumped out at him," police said.

The officer fired one round. The bullet passed through the man's wrist and lodged in his chest, police said. He is listed in stable condition at a hospital.

The officer is described only as 26 years old and a six-year veteran of the El Cajon Police Department, just east of San Diego.

At about the same time as that call, police got another call about taggers outside the school. Two juveniles were taken into custody for curfew violation and vandalism.

Police are unsure whether the two incidents were related.


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