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August 11, 2008
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Off-duty Seattle cop shoots Hells Angel

An off-duty Seattle police detective who shot a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club early Saturday during the famed annual biker rally in Sturgis, S.D., 'feared for his life'

By Jennifer Sullivan
The Seattle Times

SEATTLE — An off-duty Seattle police detective was being assaulted and feared for his life when he shot a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club early Saturday during the famed annual biker rally in Sturgis, S.D., according to the president of the Seattle Police Officers' Guild.

The detective, who works in the department's pawnshop unit and is an active member in the police union, told union President Rich O'Neill that he fired in self-defense, O'Neill said this morning. The detective was on vacation with other Seattle officers when the nonfatal shooting occurred.

O'Neill said the officer was involved in a fight with the biker before the shooting.

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