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    Suspected thief shot by off-duty officer in Nestor

    Thursday, December 23 2010 2:43 PM EST2010-12-23 19:43:37 GMT
    An investigation was underway Thursday into an officer-involved shooting in which an off-duty San Diego police officer shot at and wounded a 28-year-old suspected motorcycle thief in Nestor. 
    An investigation was underway Thursday into an officer-involved shooting in which an off-duty San Diego police officer shot at and wounded a 28-year-old suspected motorcycle thief in Nestor following a physical confrontation. 

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man shot by an off-duty San Diego police officer, who interrupted three men trying to steal his motorcycle in front of his home, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to carjacking and robbery charges.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon told Judge Francis Devaney that the officer - a 3 1/2-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department - was at home with his girlfriend in Nestor about 9:30 p.m. last Wednesday when he looked outside and saw two men loading his motorcycle into a van.

The off-duty officer armed himself, ran outside and identified himself as a police officer, and ordered one of the suspects to get on the ground, Runyon said.

That suspect - Eduardo Enrique Gonzalez - said he had nothing to do with the theft, then swung at the officer's arm and reached into his own waistband, prompting the officer to pull out his handgun and fire two shots, with one hitting Gonzalez in the right buttock, Runyon said.

During the commotion, the van and the other suspects disappeared, along with the officer's motorcycle, police said.

Gonzalez, who is on probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm, was ordered held without bail. He also served time in prison for a 2003 drug conviction, Runyon said.

The 28-year-old defendant faces up to nine years behind bars if convicted of the latest charges, according to the prosecutor.

Devaney scheduled a readiness conference for Jan. 7 and a preliminary hearing for Jan. 11.

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