A police officer was shot in the knee Monday morning while responding to a gunfire call in Hemet, and a 20-year-old suspect was arrested.
Officers were sent to the 3400 block of Florida Avenue about 4 a.m. on a shooting call, according to the Hemet Police Department.
Lt. Nate Miller said an officer was speaking to the person who made the call in a parking lot when the individual pointed toward a vehicle driving by and said “that looks like him.”
At that point, the lone occupant of the vehicle opened fire, wounding the officer, he said. Police did not return fire, Miller said.
The officer, who was not identified, was taken to an area hospital for treatment of what was described as a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, Miller said. The officer, who has been with the department for nine months, “is alert and in good spirits,” he said.
Immediately following the shooting, police stopped the suspect vehicle nearby and arrested Robert Moran of Hemet on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer, according to police, who said a handgun was found in the front seat.
Moran wasbeing held in lieu of $1 million bail at a Riverside County jail.
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