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Report: Foley said officer was trying to end his career

SAN DIEGO -- "You're trying to end my career, man,"
Chargers linebacker Steve Foley said after he was shot at least
three times by an off-duty police officer, according to a sheriff's
department report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

The officer followed Foley's restored 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Supreme about 30 miles on the freeway on suspicion that the driver
was drunk, the report said.

The shooting occurred when Foley got out of his car outside his
home in suburban Poway, the report said. The officer fired after
the 6-foot-4, 265-pound linebacker reached into his pants with his
right hand.

Foley, who is from Little Rock, said, "You shot me in the
knee," but continued approaching the off-duty Coronado police
officer, Aaron Mansker. The officer shot at least three more rounds
at Foley before the player "went down" and fell unconscious, the
report said.

San Diego Sheriff's Deputy Robert Tockstein, the first deputy to
arrive after the shooting, wrote the report on the day of the
shooting.

Foley, who had been partying in downtown San Diego, had a blood
alcohol level of 0.233 percent, nearly three times California's
legal limit of 0.08 percent.

The police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Foley will miss the season. His agent, David Levine, said
earlier this week that Foley was hospitalized in fair condition
with two gunshot wounds in his lower left leg and one on his thigh.
Sheriff's officials have said Foley was shot in the hand.

Levine did not immediately return a phone message Friday.