HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. >> Two police officers were shot today after at least one of them opened fire while responding to a report of a man with a knife in a Southern California beach city.
Police say it is too early to know if it was a friendly-fire incident.
The officers were called around 7 a.m. to a neighborhood in Huntington Beach, about 45 miles south of Los Angeles, for a report of a man with a knife slashing tires, Police Chief Robert Handy said.
During a confrontation with the suspect, at least one of the officers opened fire, striking him, police said.
Both officers were hit as well — one in the lower extremities and one in the torso, Handy said. The two officers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and were expected to recover, he said.
The suspect also was hospitalized with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. A knife was found at the scene, Handy said.
The chief said police “can’t say it was a friendly-fire incident” but that there was no indication of another suspect. Investigators were still looking for evidence.
“There could’ve been a ricochet, there could have been all kinds of things,” he said.