Two Los Angeles Police Department officers who were not on duty were arrested on Sunday after a third LAPD officer was shot and injured at a campsite in an unrelated area near Apple Valley in San Bernardino County, law enforcement sources told NBC News.
LAPD officer Ishmail Tamayo, 44, from Ontario, was arrested for attempted murder and ordered at the High Desert Detention Center, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.
The injured officer was attacked by one round on his shoulder and flown to the trauma center, where officers were expected to recover.
The three were camping, drinking and shooting in the Stoddard Wells off-road-vehicle area Saturday night, according to an official in San Bernardino County.
The wounded officer and the officer who fired the shots were both assigned to the Newton LAPD Division south of Downtown LA, the source said.
In a statement, LAPD Head Michel Moore expressed “disappointment” and “frustration” and said, “The event that resulted in serious injury to an off-duty officer, apparently at the hands of other members of this Department, gave me great attention.” I spoke earlier the morning this with San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon, pledging our full support for their criminal investigations. I am grateful that our injured officers are in stable condition and are expected to survive. I am committed to determining what and how this happens. “
The statement also said that Tamayo had been freed from his police powers while awaiting the results of criminal and administrative investigations.
SBSD said the investigation was ongoing.