Badge saves cop from bullet before police pursuit ends in fiery crash
A Southern California cop was saved from a suspect's bullet by his own badge.
Officers responded to a domestic dispute call around midday, Huntington Beach police said in a statement.
The male suspect involved in the incident got into a vehicle and fled the residence. Officers followed, at which point the suspect made a U-turn and shot at the officers with an unknown-caliber gun.
One round went through the windshield of one officer's vehicle, striking his badge. The round deflected off the badge and another officer was able to return fire.
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During the pursuit, officers lost sight of the suspect before a police helicopter located him on an area freeway.
The California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit before the suspect veered off the side of the road and crash, causing the vehicle to catch fire.
After the fire was extinguished, officials determined that the suspect was dead.
The officer shot sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital.
As per their protocol, the Orange County Sheriff's Department will investigate the Huntington Beach Police Department's officer-involved shooting.
The OCSD investigation is ongoing, according to the statement.