The two Burbank police officers shot while responding to a shoplifting call were wounded after the suspect took one of the officers’ service weapons, law enforcement sources said.
Details of the shooting were still under investigation Friday evening, but sources said the man had been detained by Kmart security when officers arrived outside the store on San Fernando Boulevard. Though handcuffed, the man reportedly took one of the officers’ guns while being transferred into their custody and a struggle ensued, the sources said.
Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said he was unable to confirm or deny the sources’ account. However, he did say both officers and the suspect did not sustain life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover. One of the officers was shot three times in the chest-area of his bulletproof vest, Quesada said.
The officer also suffered injuries to his leg from a possible ricochet, but was able to fight back and hold the suspect down while backup arrived.