Morro Bay shooting suspect and officers identified
October 31, 2015
Two Morro Bay police officers are on paid administrative leave and a burglary suspect is in the hospital after an officer shot him in the leg Friday morning, police said.
Shortly after midnight, officers Dale Cullum and Maria Lomeli questioned Alec Bryan Stephenson, 20, about suspicious activity around vehicles near the Harbor Department and Coast Guard facilities. Several weeks earlier, Cullum had arrested Stephenson for car theft.
At 6:43 a.m., officers responded to a citizen who reported seeing a person break into a shop on Quintana Road. The citizen followed the suspect out to Morro Rock and pointed officers Cullum and Lomeli in that direction.
During the officers response, Stephenson allegedly hit Cullum in the head with a blunt object. Stephenson continued to move towards Cullum.
Cullum then shot Stephenson in the leg.
First responders transported Stephenson to Sierra Vista Medical Center where he was treated for his gunshot wound and released. Officers then booked Stephenson into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of burglary and assaulting an officer. His bail is set at $50,000.
Cullum was treated for head wounds at a local hospital and released. While several outside agencies investigate the shooting, officers Cullum and Lomeli will remain on paid administrative leave.
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