An off-duty police officer shot and wounded two men who had assaulted him in the crowded Angel Stadium parking lot after Wednesday’s Colorado Rockies-Los Angeles Angels game in Anaheim, Calif., authorities said.
The officer, who was walking to his car with his wife and two small children about 25 minutes after the game, was hit in the head with beer bottles, police Sgt. Tim Schmidt said.
“We think he was the victim of a crime,” Schmidt said.
The officer called a dispatcher at his department and asked for help, saying two men had choked him and asked him to get away from his car, Sgt. Rick Martinez said.
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The off-duty officer then shot the men with his duty weapon, Martinez said. Carlos Velasquez, 25, a Camp Pendleton Marine, and his brother, Jose Velasquez, 22, were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Police were looking for a third suspect.
Carlos Velasquez was shot in the chin and was in critical condition. His brother was shot in the upper arm and was in good condition, police said.
The officer was treated at hospital for a head wound and released, Martinez said.
No one else in the parking lot was hurt, Martinez said.