A wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service was shot December 11 while driving a vehicle in Monterey County, California. The victim, Division Chief Peter Harris, was shot in the neck and ear. Even though he was wounded, Chief Harris was able to provide a description to a 911 operator.
Below is an excerpt from an article by KSBW:
The suspected gunman was identified as 25-year-old Jacob Kirkendall of Santa Cruz.
Kirkendall led Monterey County Sheriff’s deputies and Fort Hunter Liggett officers on a chase through the Army post while he was driving a red pickup truck.
Law enforcement authorities opened fire on Kirkendall’s truck, and bullets struck the driver’s side door, according to scanner traffic.
Kirkendall sped off, officers lost sight of the pickup truck, and the gunman slipped away for several tense minutes, according to scanner traffic. [With help from a CHP helicopter] Kirkendall was eventually found, arrested, and taken into custody. The Sheriff’s Office declined to discuss a possible motive, and would not comment on why Kirkendall was in south Monterey County.
Harris was taken to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and he is expected to be OK.
Kirkendall is being charged with attempted murder and firing into an occupied vehicle.
Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Ken.
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