An officer was shot twice and gravely wounded during an early morning patrol, and his partner killed the gunman during an ensuing shootout in a residential area of San Bernardino, authorities said Friday.
The wounded officer was rushed to a hospital in "very critical" condition and underwent surgery for gunshot wounds to the upper body, police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.
The 31-year-old officer was shot when he and his partner — who was in training and had been on the job for two months — stopped to talk to six people standing outside a home on a cul de sac before 3 a.m. Friday, Burguan said.
One of the men pulled out a gun and opened fire as the officers approached, he said.
The officer was hit at least twice in the upper body. His partner managed to shoot the gunman during a protracted gunbattle, the chief said. The shooter, described as a male in his 30s, died at a hospital.
The wounded officer, a 6-year veteran, is in "very critical" condition, Burguan said.
"He's a very good police officer, respected by his peers," he said.
The officer in training was not hit.
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