CHP officer shot on I-8 freeway near Mission Valley, causes freeway closures

MISSION VALLEY (KUSI) – A California Highway Patrol officer was shot on I-8 at I-805 near Mission Valley early Wednesday evening, authorities confirm.

Both West Bound and East Bound I-8, and I-15 was closed for hours.

WB I-8 at I-15 have opened with two right lanes open and two left lanes still closed.

A suspect in the shooting has been taken into custody, said police.

Paramedics took the victim to Scripps Mercy Hospital in serious to stable condition, a fire dispatcher said.

KUSI’s Hunter Sowards reported live from Scripps Mercy Hospital with the details.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Officer Tony Pacheco, who has dedicated his life to public service both in law enforcement and being a member of the Army Reserve.

Pacheco’s wife is currently pregnant, and they already have two children, a boy and a girl.

To donate, click here.

There is a graphic video going around the internet showing the scene of the shooting directly after it happened, posted by the @PolicePosts Instagram account. You can watch it below:


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