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UPDATE: Grover Beach officer involved in shooting Sunday night

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m. Two Grover Beach Police Department officers were involved in a shooting Sunday night about 7 p.m.

Police aren’t revealing the reason for the shooting or the names of the law enforcement officials or civilian involved.

Authorities spent much of the night investigating the incident that took place in the 100 block of North 10th Street, just off of West Grand Avenue.

Grover Beach police Chief Jim Copsey said only that the person shot — a civilian — didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries, and was being treated Sunday night.

Copsey added that the officers involved were injured in the incident as well, but not by gunfire. He didn’t elaborate as to the nature of their injuries.

Three neighbors said they heard a single shot outside their home on Ninth Street, which they believe came from a firearm.

Roommates Sherry Thomas, and Don and Kelly Craine, said they were outside after watching the first half of the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons football game on television.

“We heard a shot that was really loud, a big boom, and within less than a minute we saw police cars driving up the street,” Sherry Thomas said. “We went over and then saw two officers running up the street on foot.”

The neighbors then said they stood watch while an ambulance came and a body on a stretcher was taken away from the yard of a home on the street.

No sirens were blared when the ambulance left north on 10th Street, Kelly Craine said.

“We just heard the one shot,” Don Craine said. “On a scale of one to 10, it sounded like an eight in terms of loudness.”

Copsey said that an investigator from the county District Attorney’s Office had been called out, and that the officers likely would be put on administrative leave as investigators look into whether the shooting was justified.

The chief said that his department will conduct its own investigation, and determine whether charges would be filed against anyone.

“I’m still learning about what happened,” Copsey said. “I can say this is the first officer-involved shooting since I started here in Grover Beach.”

Copsey was hired as the city’s police chief in January 2005.






A police officer was involved in a shooting Sunday night in Grover Beach, police Chief Jim Copsey confirmed at the scene.

The person shot by the officer did not suffer life-threatening injuries, Copsey said.

No details of what led to the shooting about 7 p.m. on the 100 block of 10th Street, just off Grand Avenue in downtown, were disclosed by authorities, who were still investigating at the scene late into the night.

Area residents say they heard a single gunshot.

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