SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A California Highway Patrol officer was released from hospital days after he was shot on Interstate 8 in the Mission Valley neighborhood of San Diego.
The shooting took place on Wednesday, April 25. According to the CHP, seven-year veteran Tony Pacheco and other officers attended the scene to investigate a single-vehicle crash in the media center off eastbound I-8 near the Intestate 805 intersection. shortly before 6:20 a.m.
During the investigation, authorities said Yuhao Du, 25, currently a graduate student at UCSD, was standing in front of his car when he suddenly attacked Officer Pacheco, lunging for his gun. Du attempted to take control of Pacheco’s weapon and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, a blow discharged and hit Pacheco in the leg.
Several Good Samaritans at the scene used the officer’s handcuffs and were able to help detain the suspect. They also helped the injured policeman.
Pacheco was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital for treatment and was released on Sunday. The CHP says Du faces multiple charges, including the attempted murder of a peace officer.
Officer Pacheco posted a statement on his GoFundMe account, thanking the community for their support.
“My wife and I are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support we have received. We would like to thank everyone who has helped us during this difficult time. From donors to hospital staff, to colleagues, friends, family, law enforcement and everyone who helped out at the scene. Thank you for all the love and support.