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Off-Duty Police Officer Shot With His Own Gun During Fight On 5 Freeway

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An off-duty police officer was shot with his own gun yesterday during a fight with another driver on a remote section of the 5 freeway in the northern part of the county.

The shooting happened around 5:15 a.m. Saturday morning just north of Castaic, according to a release from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. The police officer, who works for the La Habra Police Department, got into a fight with another driver after the two got into a traffic collision, sheriff's detectives said. The other driver grabbed the officer's gun and shot him.

Right now that driver is at large, and he may have taken the officer's gun with him, according to NBC Los Angeles. The police office was shot in the arm, and he is expected to recover.

Sheriff's detectives haven't released many details: the name of the officer, a description of the suspect or his car or what exactly led up to the shooting.

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Here is a photo from the scene: