Off-duty Colton police officer dies after accidentally shooting himself, authorities say
Thursday, August 16, 2018
COLTON — A former police officer who worked in Colton’s North Division killed himself after he accidentally shot himself while off-duty, authorities said.
Police did not say whether they believe the officer shot himself, but officials did say his death was being investigated as an accidental shooting.
The incident happened Thursday, Aug. 16, at about 11:23 p.m. at a home on the west end of Colton. The officer, who is in his 20s, was off-duty and driving through town, a Colton police officer said.
The officer was alone with the dog when it started barking when he turned on the car’s lights and started driving, authorities said. The dog bolted into the back seat when the officer came to the driver’s side of the car and fired several rounds, hitting himself in the head.
The officer was transported to a hospital and was pronounced dead, police said.
The officer was on the force for about a year and a half, according to Colton police Sgt. Robert Nix.
Colton police didn’t release the name of the officer, saying he was not a public person. The officer’s name was withheld until the investigation is completed.
The officer’s death is the second officer-involved shooting in recent weeks in Colton.
The Colton Police Department said that officer was off-duty with the dog during a traffic stop June 22 when the dog ran around the officer’s patrol car and bit him in the chest. When he reached into the dog’s mouth to free the animal, he accidentally shot himself in the chest. After treatment at a local hospital, he was taken to a hospital in Colorado and the dog was returned home, the department said.