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Stumbling Cop Who Shot Suspect Won't Be Charged

October 15, 2009  | 

A San Mateo, Calif., police officer won't be charged for shooting and wounding a suspect in August, partly because his gun went off by accident when he tripped on a curb, authorities said Wednesday.

Joseph Ortega, 24, was shot in the chest Aug. 13 by Detective Kurt Rodenspiel after Ortega slammed a Mitsubishi Eclipse into a car carrying police officers on the 1400 block of Newbridge Avenue in San Mateo.

Read full story at sfgate.com.

Tags: Accidental Shootings, San Mateo (Calif.) PD


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Review @ 9/6/2012 9:58 AM

I DARE ANY CIVILIAN to try this...step out of your car with a loaded unlocked, semi-automatic , "stumble" your clumsy self over a curb, and let the resulting bullets spray into a crowd of people, cars, children, a school, public building...then stand before a judge and see if you attain a lenient shoulder shrug and smile from the courts, labeling your clumsiness an accident and no charges pressed...Amazing hoe much you can get away with in the ol blue uniform huh?

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