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The Seattle police officer who wounded a member of the Hells Angels during a barroom shooting in South Dakota early Saturday says he was forced to open fire after being attacked and pinned to the floor by up to three members of the notorious motorcycle gang. by Jennifer Sullivan Seattle Times staff reporter The Seattle police officer who wounded a Hells Angel during a barroom shooting in South Dakota early Saturday says he was forced to open fire after being attacked and pinned to the floor by up to three members of the notorious motorcycle gang. “I was cold-cocked on the left side of my face by at least one, if not three, Hells Angels,” said the officer, who asked not to be named out of fear for his safety. Seattle police and union officials echoed that concern. “I woke up on the ground pinned against a bar stool by a Hells Angel in a red bandanna,” the officer said. “I was receiving fists and feet from the top during this.” The 43-year-old detective said he tried to wriggle free, but “didn’t have any leverage.” The Hells Angel in the bandanna tried to grab for the detective’s gun just as another man was choking him, the detective said. He said he then pulled the handgun from his hip and opened fire. The shooting during the popular Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is now the subject of a grand-jury investigation by authorities in South Dakota’s Meade County. Seattle police also are in Sturgis conducting an internal investigation. The detective, who is assigned to the Seattle department’s pawnshop unit, and four other vacationing Seattle officers who were in the bar at the time of the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. All five are members of the Iron Pigs Motorcycle Club, which is made up of police officers and firefighters. The five officers were in a bar called the Loud American Roadhouse when they were circled by a group of men wearing Hells Angels patches on their clothes. The detective said one Hells Angel member “got in my face” and began an argument. The detective said he was knocked to the floor within 30 seconds. It’s unclear what the other four Seattle officers were doing when the fight broke out. On Monday, Sturgis police identified the wounded man as Joseph McGuire, 33, of Imperial Beach, Calif. Police confirmed to the Rapid City Journal that McGuire is a member of the Hells Angels. He was listed in stable condition Monday. The Seattle detective suffered bruising and facial injuries, he said. Dean Kinney, co-owner of the Loud American Roadhouse, said there were nearly 400 people inside the bar when the shooting occurred. He said security staff told him that the Hells Angel and members of the Iron Pigs were “jawing back and forth” before the shooting happened. The detective said he was briefly detained by Sturgis police and asked to testify before a Meade County grand jury on Sunday.
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