Man shot during Escondido ATM holdup

ESCONDIDO (CNS) – A thief shot an off-duty San Diego police officer
during a holdup outside a North County credit union Monday, leaving him
hospitalized with a graze wound to his head.

The 57-year-old lawman had just used an ATM at the financial-services
office in the 1600 block of South Escondido Boulevard about 12:15 p.m. when the
bandit confronted him and stole his wallet and cell phone, then opened fire on
him from behind with a silver pistol, according to police.

Medics took the wounded officer — whose name was not released — to
Palomar Medical Center, where he was admitted in stable condition, Lt. Craig
Carter said.

The shooter fled the area to the south on foot. He was described as a
stocky, roughly 5-foot-7-inch Latino from 25 to 40 years old, wearing black
clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, a jacket and a baseball cap with the
word “police” on it in white letters, the lieutenant said.

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