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OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- A woman and her 8-year-old son who were shot by an off-duty police officer have been released from the hospital.
The pair had been hospitalized since the shooting last Saturday in a Lowe's parking lot 150 block of Old Grove Road in Oceanside. The extent of their injuries has not been released to the public. Police have said the woman was unarmed during the incident.
North County Times | Five days, few answers from our cops
* What did the officer tell investigators?
* Why did he allegedly use potentially deadly force?
Through its spokesman, the Oceanside department defends being relatively mum by noting it doesn't want to "try this in the court of public opinion."
However, in the past, when a civilian has been the focus of a shooting of an officer, law enforcement agencies seem eager to divulge the investigation's developments
thecalifornian | Details released in Temecula shooting
TEMECULA -- The off-duty Costa Mesa police officer who shot and killed a Temecula man Saturday night in Old Town was hit from behind, possibly with a metal chair, then attacked by several men before he fired the fatal shots, investigators said Tuesday.
ocregister | Man shot by O.C. officer did prison time for beer-bottle assaults
Shaun Vilan, the 30-year-old man shot to death by an off-duty Costa Mesa police officer in Temecula on Saturday night, spent six years in state prison after he was convicted of two unprovoked assaults in which he smashed a beer bottle in someone's face, according to court records.
In Vilan's trial, Riverside Superior Court also admitted as evidence accounts of four other unprovoked attacks for which he didn't face charges. In four of those incidents, Vilan and his friends beat up on people they outnumbered, documents say. Vilan had been out of prison for two and a half years.
The Costa Mesa police officer, whose name has not been disclosed, suffered a gash on his head that took six staples to close.
The officer appears to have acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Vilan and injured another during a fight outside a popular Temecula restaurant, according to a preliminary investigation by Riverside sheriff's investigators. A full investigation could take some time as investigators try to piece together how Vilan ended up dead in a fight that unfolded in front of dozens of people, including his 7-year-old son.