Deputies suffered non-life threatening injuries

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ENCINITAS, Calif. – Two deputies injured in a shooting with a suspected car thief in Encinitas were hospitalized in La Jolla, authorities said.

deputy injuredSan Diego Sheriff William Gore said the two deputies suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds and were taken to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla. They are both expected to make a full recovery.

One injured deputy was going into surgery around 6 p.m. for a leg wound.

Gore said the other deputy suffered a “glancing” injury to the forehead from a fragment and was treated and released.

He said that deputy was doing well given the circumstances.

“Obviously he’s upset,” said Gore. “Anytime you’re involved in any type of action like this, which no law enforcement officer thinks will ever happen to them, they’re obviously concerned. He’s traumatized but his training took over and hopefully he’ll make a full recovery.  I think just highlights the type of danger that peace officers all over this country face everyday.”

The families of the deputies were at the hospital with Sheriff Gore.  The names of the victims were withheld.

In light of recent tragedies Gore said it’s been a “dark few weeks” for law enforcement in Southern California.

“From San Bernardino to San Diego, even Riverside and Los Angeles, something’s gotta happen. We have to stop this senseless violence. It’s really out of hand,” he said in reference to Wednesday’s shooting and the recent deadly shootings of Christopher Dorner.

1 Comment

  • Mark in IB

    Your ongoing coverage of this incident is borderline irresponsible. Please at least cut the commentary down a notch.

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