Yakima officer and suspect both wounded by same bullet
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima police continue to process evidence after one of their own was wounded from gunfire. An officer was shot around 9:30 Sunday night following a struggle with a suspect.
"All cars I need you to the 200 block of South 7th Street. We have calls of shots fired - possible officer-involved," said a dispatcher.
Officer Basford was involved. He had been responding to a call then was running after a suspect. They began struggling. The suspect had a gun on his hip that somehow went off. Officer Basford was hit in the leg.
Suspect Antonio Cardenas had minor injuries as well.
"Fortunately, it's real minor. We kind of dodged a bullet on this," said Lt. Nolan Wentz.
Officer Basford dodged serious injury but was still hit in the knee.
Neighbors say the area keeps getting worse.
Justin Martinez saw the chaotic scene following the shooting. He wants to move out of the area.
"It's been getting crazier and crazier as the years go by," Martinez said.
Martinez watched from his home as officers combed the scene in the middle of the night.
During their search they found a loaded .44 caliber handgun close-by. It was reported stolen in a burglary during the past year.
"Any time of day you can be shot out here," said neighbor Kris Fork. "If there's an officer being shot, there's no respect for the law."
It's not yet clear why the chase even began in the first place, but both men are expected to be okay.
Cardenas is being held on charges of attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a gun and possessing a stolen gun. He is being held on a million dollars bail.