US officer probed for firing shot at pro-Israel rally
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US officer probed for firing shot at pro-Israel rally

Man discharged weapon while attempting to break up a fight between demonstrators, pro-Palestinian protesters

Demonstrators at a pro-Israel demonstration in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 13, 2014 (Photo credit: Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times/AP)
Demonstrators at a pro-Israel demonstration in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 13, 2014 (Photo credit: Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal and local law enforcement were investigating a federal officer for firing a single shot while attempting to break up an altercation during a pro-Israel demonstration in Los Angeles on Sunday, sheriff’s officials said Monday. Nobody was hurt.

The officer of the Federal Protective Service fired a weapon during the rally at the Federal Building in Westwood, according to a sheriff’s statement. The FPS is the security police division of the Department of Homeland Security.

The demonstration, which drew several hundred people, was breaking up when pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian supporters began to clash.

Witnesses said the confrontation included a scuffle between the pro-Israel protesters and men who drove past the protest in a truck displaying a Palestinian flag, KNBC-TV reported.

A man in the truck said the Palestinian flag was ripped away. When the truck’s occupants attempted to retrieve the flag, there was a struggle, witnesses said.

The officer sought to intervene and fired once, the sheriff’s statement said. There were no injuries.

Four people were arrested, officials said.

The shooting will be investigated by the Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the FBI, bureau spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told KNBC-TV.

Sunday’s rally followed a similar one Saturday in support of Palestinians.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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