Prison Guard Shot in Head While Pumping Gas

A California corrections officer was shot and critically wounded and two men were arrested in connection with the case on Thursday

By Jacob Rascon and Jason Kandel
|  Friday, May 3, 2013  |  Updated 12:34 PM PDT
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This Shell gas station was where a California corrections officer was shot and critically wounded by two men in a Dodge Durango that pulled up next to him while he was pumping gas on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

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Police were investigating the motive behind a shooting at a Colton gas station that left a California state corrections officer in critical condition with a bullet wound to the head and two men in custody.

The unidentified off-duty officer was pumping gas about 9 p.m. Thursday at a Shell station off the Riverside Freeway near Main Street.

He was shot after a man got out of a Dodge Durango that pulled up to a pump next to his and asked him for directions to Etiwanda, a street in Riverside, police said.

As the man asked for directions a second person inside the Durango pulled a gun and the officer retreated to the gas station’s food mart. Six shots rang out and the officer collapsed about 20 feet away from the food mart, a witness and police told NBC4.

The men in the Durango drove off but were caught later when Riverside police spotted the sport utility vehicle,  police said.

Details about the arrests were not immediately available.

The officer works at a state prison in Chino, police said.

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