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Two California police officers were injured on Saturday after seemingly aiming and firing at a suspect, but instead hit himself, the officials said.
The officers with the Elk Grove Police Department responded to a call about a suspicious person after an 11 hour south of Sacramento. It was reported that he tried to break into a trailer and may have had a firearm, according to a press release from the department.
One of the police officers came and asked that a man and woman standing near the trailer to sit, which they both met. When the second mate came, “the man stood up and walked.”
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The first officer ran after the suspect, while the second officer chased him in his car, police said. When the two confronted the suspect, they “were on each side of [him], opposite to each other.”
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When the defendant “moved to the second officer with his hands near his abdomen area,” both officers “using their duty weapons, fired at the suspect hitting him,” the press release stated.
But during the meeting, the officers apparently were affected by each other’s shot, Public Information Officer Jason Jimenez told Fox News. One of the agents was hit in the leg and another sustained a deep graze wound on his leg.
Jimenez said that at this point in the research department of the officials do not believe the suspect fired his weapon, which police said was loaded.
The agents and the suspect were taken to the hospital for treatment.
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The suspect was identified as a 41-year-old man from Sacramento. The researchers said that the person who reported him to the police was an acquaintance and that the suspect was often used in the trailer, despite the caller that he apparently tried to break in.
At discharge from the hospital, the suspect will be booked on a number of charges, including possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a loaded firearm and obstructing arrest, police said.