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2 officers shot at Kmart in stable condition

July 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two Burbank police officers are reported in stable condition after being shot Friday during a struggle with a Kmart shoplifting suspect. The shooting, outside the store at 1000 N. San Fernando Blvd., occurred at about noon Friday, but police have disclosed little about how the suspect got the pistol.

Witnesses said it appeared a handcuffed man grabbed an officer's service revolver and fired at the officers.

The names of the officers have not been released.

One of the officers, a 5-year veteran of the force, was admitted into the hospital and underwent surgery to his hand as a result of a gunshot wound. He had a second surgery Monday to the same hand and is recovering at the hospital, police said.

The second officer suffered contusions to his chest from a gunshot and bullet fragments hitting his bulletproof vest. He also has a bullet fragment lodged in his leg. He has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

The suspect has been identified as Jamie Willard, a 30-year-old transient from Gresham, Oregon.

He was treated for injuries suffered during the struggle and booked at the Los Angeles County Jail on two counts of attempt murder on police officers.

Willard is being held on a $1,000,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Burbank Superior Court on Wednesday.


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