Off-Duty LAPD Officer Arrested for Attempted Murder After Allegedly Shooting Fellow Officer During Camping Trip

An off-duty LAPD officer was arrested for attempted murder on Sunday after allegedly shooting a fellow police officer during a camping trip.

Ismael Tamayo, 44, of Ontario, was detained by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department after deputies responded to a report of a shooting near the Stoddard Wells Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area in unincorporated Apple Valley at 1:17 a.m.

When deputies arrived, they found the victim, described as a 48-year-old male, with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was airlifted to a nearby trauma center.

The suspect—located close to the scene—was quickly identified as Tamayo, an off-duty officer who was assigned to the LAPD's Newton Division. The suspect was in possession of a gun at the time of his arrest, police said.

According to investigators, three men had been "camping and shooting guns" in the area over the weekend. Officials said the motive for the early-morning shooting was "still under investigation," but confirmed the victim is expected to survive.

The third man who was at the scene at the time, unnamed but described by the LAPD as an off-duty supervisor, was not injured during the situation.

Inmate records confirmed Tamayo was held on $1,000,000 bail. They said a court date was scheduled for midday tomorrow at Victorville Superior Court.

A mugshot of the suspect was not immediately available via the online arrest records, however an image from a police handout was obtained and published by ABC7:

Ismael Tamayo
Ismael Tamayo, 44, of Ontario, was taken into custody by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department after it responded to a report of a shooting near the Stoddard Wells Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area, unincorporated Apple Valley, at 1:17 a.m. LAPD Handout/ABC7

Tamayo was booked into the High Desert Detention Center. He has been relieved of all police powers pending the outcome of a criminal and administrative probe.

In a statement, the LAPD described the case as a "disturbing incident" and stressed the department is cooperating with the San Bernardino investigation. Its own response is being led by the Force Investigation Division of Professional Standards Bureau.

LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore said he was disappointed by the news. "The events overnight culminating in the serious injury to our off-duty officer, apparently at the hands of another member of this department, give me great concern," he stated.

"I spoke this morning with [the] San Bernardino Sheriff... pledging our full support of their criminal investigation. I am thankful our injured officer is in stable condition and expected to survive. I am committed to determining what and how this occurred."

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department added: "The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Josh Guerry, Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail at (909) 387-3589." Officials said callers can remain anonymous by contacting WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com."

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