ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) — Police in a Sacramento suburb say a handcuffed suspect shot in the back seat of a squad car had threatened officers and told them he was armed.

The Elk Grove Police Department issued a preliminary report Thursday on the Jan. 30 incident, in which 32-year-old John Hesselbein was grazed in the face by an officer’s rifle shot.

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Hesselbein was arrested after a dispute with his wife. The report says officers searched him and found no weapons, but once placed in the patrol car he began shouting that he had a gun and made quick movements as if to retrieve it.

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The report says one of the officers believed Hesselbein was about to shoot and responded by firing his rifle. The officer is on leave during the investigation.

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