El Cajon police Officer Tim McFarland admits he was scared.
His partner, Officer Jarred Slocum, had been shot in the head. He collapsed near a fence. He was exposed to further injury.
The wounded father and husband was a long way from home.
“I was like, ‘No way. He has to go home tonight,'” McFarland, 26, said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with NBC 7 San Diego reporter Rory Devine. “‘This is unacceptable … I might get shot tonight, but that’s the chance I’m going to have to take.’”