Suspect in shootout with CHP officer to be arraigned today

Saturday Shootout: Officer wounded in incident after attempted traffic stop

San Luis Obispo - The TribuneNovember 1, 2012 

Clifford A. Scott, the 22-year-old San Diego man accused of shooting a CHP officer in downtown Paso Robles on Saturday, is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

He was arrested on the allegation of attempted murder of a peace officer.
Scott has been receiving treatment in an area hospital for multiple gunshot wounds he sustained in the shootout with the officer.

The 30-year-old patrolman suffered a wound but wore a bulletproof vest that protected him. He was treated at a local hospital and released Saturday. The CHP has not yet identified him.

According to sheriff’s investigators, the CHP officer tried to pull Scott over at 5:30 a.m. on northbound Highway 101, just south of Paso Robles.

Scott allegedly would not pull over but got off at the Spring Street exit. He continued into town before turning onto 13th Street and crashing into a tree.

According to the sheriff’s investigation, the suspect jumped out of the newer-model Chevrolet Camaro and ran down 13th Street to an alley in the middle of the block. The officer followed.

When the men got to 14th Street, the shooting began, and each fell. Sheriff’s deputies and Paso Robles police quickly arrived, started first aid, and detained Scott.


Earlier updates:


Update: After planning to go to the hospital for the arraignment, Judge Trice has now scheduled the hearing back in his courtroom. It will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday.


Original: Attorneys and a judge will drive to a local hospital this afternoon so they can hold an arraignment hearing for a San Diego man wounded in a shootout with a CHP officer last weekend.

Clifford A. Scott Jr., 22, was scheduled to appear in San Luis Obispo Superior Court Thursday morning, but couldn’t attend because he was still hospitalized. So Judge John Trice said they would take the court hearing to Scott.

 Scott was allegedly shot multiple times during a shootout in Paso Robles Saturday. Around 5:30 a.m., according to Sheriff's Office reports, the CHP officer tried to pull Scott over. Scott led the officer on a car chase before crashing his Chevrolet Camaro at 13th and Spring streets.  After fleeing on foot, he allegedly began shooting at the officer at 14th and Park streets. The officer returned fire.





Both Scott and the officer, who has not been identified, were hit by bullets. The officer was saved by his bulletproof vest, according to the CHP. Scott had to have surgery at the undisclosed area hospital for multiple bullet wounds.


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