Officer cleared in shooting of San Diego dancer

Posted on 02 Mar 2009 at 11:53am
By Associated Press

Police say man was shot while reaching for an officer’s weapon

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego Harbor police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a male cruise ship dancer during last year’s gay Pride festivities.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced Thursday, Feb. 26 that the officer was justified in the shooting of Steven Hirschfield. Police say Hirschfield was shot in the back after Hirschfield reached for another officer’s pistol during a scuffle.

Hirschfield was hired to dance on a ship chartered for a mostly male party as part of the city’s gay Pride festivities last July. Prosecutors say police officers were sent to rescue him after he jumped off the ship.

Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, www.signonsandiego.com

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