Calif. deputy shoots woman while searching for suspect

San Diego County deputies were called to the area after a man wearing a ski mask was seen nearby

By PoliceOne Staff

SAN DIEGO — A woman was shot in her backyard Sunday by a deputy searching the property for a male suspect.

San Diego County sheriff's deputies were called to the area after a man wearing a ski mask was seen nearby, Lt. Larry Nesbit said in a statement. Upon arrival, it was determined the man had headed east.

While looking for the man, deputies entered the backyard of Jennifer Orey, according to 10 News. Nesbit said at some point, there was contact between Orey and deputies, one of whom fired his service weapon.

Paramedics treated Orey at the scene for a gunshot wound to the arm, NBC San Diego reported. The deputy who fired was identified as Luke Berhalter, a law enforcement veteran of more than seven years.

The deputies entered the backyard because Orey's gate was open, Sheriff Bill Gore said. When they ran into Orey, he said Berhalter had a "spontaneous reaction."

Orey, who is retired from the US Navy, has been released from the hospital, 10 News reported. Berhalter has been placed on leave while the investigation is completed.

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