35-year-old LAPD officer Enrique Chavez was shot in the back yesterday while idling at a stop light near his Anaheim home.
The shooter was his 3-year-old son.
Somehow, th boy got hold of Chavez's service weapon while sitting in the back seat and shot his dad, a 10-year veteran of the LAPD. He is currently in critical condition at UCI Medical Center in Orange.
The disturbing thing about this story isn't so much that the child got hold of the weapon, but that this is the third incident of an officer being shot by a relative ni the last week and a half.
On Monday, Pasadena police said Officer Karen White, contrary to initial reports, did not attempt suicide in Compton last month when she was shot in the face but was wounded when she tried to wrestle her gun from her suicidal 18-year-old son.
White, a 10-year department veteran, spoke to investigators about the incident for the first time Friday. The same day, her son admitted the accidental shooting last month and turned himself in to sheriff's investigators in Compton.
Ouch. He's gonna pay for that one. Talk about guilt.
On July 2, LAPD Officer Ronald Cade was shot and wounded off duty with his service weapon by Yolanda Cade, his wife of two weeks. She had seen a text message on his phone that he had sent to someone else, according to the district attorney's office.
Ronald Cade is the subject of in internal affairs investigation in connection with the shooting. His wife has been charged with three counts of attempted murder.
Guess the honeymoon's over.
All this just goes to show that if you're going to leave a loaded weapon lying around where your family can find it, don't give them an excuse to use it. Got that, Officer Cade?