Off-duty Calif. officer attacked


By Kimberly Edds and Jon Cassidy
The Orange County Register

COSTA MESA, Calif. — An off-duty Costa Mesa police officer was jumped from behind and beaten by a crowd of men outside a Mexican restaurant in Old Town Temecula before pulling his gun and opening fire Saturday, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.

The officer killed one of his attackers and injured another. The beating left the officer with at least six staples in the back of his head.

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