Antonio Pacheco
Officer Antonio Pacheco. Photo credit: Courtesy, CHP

California Highway Patrol officer has left the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg earlier this week during a struggle with a motorist on Interstate 8.

The CHP said Sunday that Tony Pacheco “was released from the hospital and is at home recovering” following the Wednesday confrontation.

The CHP credited motorists who stopped on the freeway to aid Pacheco with subduing Yuhao Du, 25, of San Diego, the suspect in the attack.

Du, a UC San Diego graduate student, allegedly tried to grab Pacheco’s gun after the officer stopped to aid him following a solo crash in Mission Valley. He is being held without bail ahead of a Tuesday morning arraignment.

Supporters started a GoFundMe page to help Pacheco, a father of two whose wife is expecting another baby. As of Sunday, the fundraiser had exceeded the initial $25,000 goal by more than $11,000.