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Oct 8, 2001

Ex-Racer, Now A Police Officer, Shot In Gun Battle

Former racer Steve Lang, who has been a member of the Murrieta, California Police Department for a decade, was injured in a gun battle late Friday night, in Murrieta.<BR><BR>Murrieta is located in Southern California along Interstate 15, south of Corona and Lake Elsinore and north of Temecula and Escondido.<BR><BR>According to local news reports, Lang and fellow officers interrupted five men intent on a home-invasion robbery. Lang was shot in one leg while chasing one of the suspects, who pulled a gun and began firing at Lang. The suspect was injured in the resulting gun battle and was hospitalized in critical condition.<BR><BR>Lang was released from the hospital Saturday.<BR><BR>Lang raced TZ Yamahas in AFM and AMA competition in the mid-1970s, frequenting now-defunct local tracks including Ontario Motor Speedway, Riverside International Raceway and Orange County International Raceway, as well as still-operating Willow Springs International Raceway, Sears Point International Raceway, Laguna Seca Raceway and Carlsbad Raceway.