LAPD Officer Charged with Attempted Murder for Shooting a Colleague

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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said one of its officers has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after shooting a fellow cop Sunday.

According to the LAPD, Police Officer III Ismael Tamayo together with his two fellow cops were camping and firing their guns at the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area in the unincorporated area of Apple Valley. The three cops are friends and were all off-duty during the time of the incident.

Early morning on Sunday, deputies at the Victor Valley Station responded to a call regarding a shooting in the OHV area. Deputies arrived at the scene, found the victim, an off-duty cop with a gunshot wound, and airlifted him to a trauma center.

Deputies also found Officer Tamayo who allegedly shot the victim to his upper body. The third off-duty cop was not injured.

Deputies arrested Officer Tamayo without an incident. He was in possession of a firearm when deputies arrested him. They charged him with attempted murder and detained him at the High Desert Detention Center.

Detectives with the LAPD’s Force Investigations Division of Professional Standards Bureau launched an administrative investigation into the shooting. The department said it is fully cooperating with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office in their criminal investigation into the incident.

In a statement, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said, “The events overnight culminating in the serious injury to our off-duty officer, apparently at the hands of another member of this Department, give me great concern. I spoke earlier this morning with San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon, pledging our full support of their criminal investigation. I am thankful our injured officer is in stable condition and expected to survive. I am committed to determining what and how this occurred.”

Officer Tamayo has been relieved of his police powers pending the outcome of the administrative and criminal investigation. He is being held on $1 million bail.