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California Highway Patrol Officer Attacked by Man with a Machete


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Humboldt County California Highway Patrol Officer Tim Gray fatally shot 17-year-old male driver, Richard Fredrick Tis Mil Estrada who attacked him with a machete, officials said Saturday. (story continued below video)

On December 17 at 1:30 a.m. Officer Gray was responding to a call of a single car accident near Willow Creek.

When the Officer Gray arrived at the scene he found a Nissan had struck a telephone pole, the Eureka Times-Standard reported.

When the Officer Gray approached Estrada to see if he needed help, Estrada pulled out a machete, attacking Officer Gray.

The Officer Gray was badly wounded in the face, left arm and hand. Officer Gray fired several shots at Estrada and then retreated to his patrol car to call for backup.

When the second officer arrived, he said wounded Estrada was naked, behaving erratically, and refused to respond to commands.

The second officer tased the teen, and then with the help of a few Good Samaritans handcuffed Estrada, who died at the scene.

The Officer Gray was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center with very serious injuries, the newspaper reported.

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