Off-duty cop shot while mountain biking, condition critical


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Desertdog
August 22, 2006, 11:07 PM
If you don't know where the bullet will land, DON'T SHOOT. Acts like this cause all shooters a problem and makes people call for banning firearms.

Off-duty cop shot while mountain biking, condition critical
http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=5308746

A Tucson police officer is in the hospital after being shot in the back while biking with friends.

Right now, Tucson Police are keeping the officer in their prayers.

We've decided not to release his name.

But we've learned he's a veteran officer whose held many assigments within the department.

But none of them prepared him for what happened to him on Saturday night.

The officer has been fighting crime for 26 years. Now he's fighting for his life.

He was off duty with friends and family mountain biking in the Willow Springs Ranch area.

It was here in this remote area of Pinal County where the off duty officer was shot in the lower back Pinal County Sheriff's officials say it was a stray bullet that struck him.

Spokesman, Mike Minter says, "It was my understanding the officer was standing by his truck. I don't know if they were loading their bikes into their truck or whatever. The suspects who were quite a distance away were firing shots and one of those shots wound up impacting the officer."

According to Minter, the two suspects, 25-year-old Jeremy DeWitt and 31-year-old Robert Basilier were arrested the following day.

Apparently one of the individuals who was with the officer was able to get a license plate.

"Sunday morning we had a canine officer he and his canine and our deputies started tracking our suspects. We found them in a wash area about 17 miles farther in on the roadway.."

The suspects were arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail.

They're each charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of endangerment.

Authorities say the men had been shooting at signs, which is illegal.

"I don't know if they knew they had shot an individual or not."

The weapon used by the suspects was recovered by Pinal County Sheriff's deputies it is a 9 millimeter.

Jeremy DeWitt is out of jail on a $10,000 bond.

The officer is listed in critical condition.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

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71Commander
August 23, 2006, 05:10 AM
Here in Michigan, they would be declared a danger to society and there would be no bail.

Bunch of yahoo's.:mad:

TallPine
August 23, 2006, 07:16 PM
If you don't know where the bullet will land, DON'T SHOOT. Acts like this cause all shooters a problem and makes people call for banning firearms.


Authorities say the men had been shooting at signs, which is illegal.


okay... next time i go shooting at road signs, i'll try to make sure there's nothing behind them ... :p

These guys were not your typical THR members out doing some target practice :rolleyes:

CTD99
August 23, 2006, 07:22 PM
Know your back stop everytime you shoot.

God Speed to the officer, and warmest sympathy THR wishes to the family, and his fellow officers.

MartinBrody
August 23, 2006, 10:30 PM
That is awful, thoughts & prayers to the LEO & family. I can't stand irresponsible gun owners, are following 4 rules really so hard??? I understand how accidents can happen, especially when you become overly familar & confident with firearms, but knowing your backstop is one of the easy ones.:mad: :cuss: :banghead:

cyanide
August 23, 2006, 10:37 PM
Hope he fares well

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