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Ex-Cop ‘Beaver’ TV Star Tells Jury About Being Shot

September 1, 1988 GMT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Actor Kenneth Osmond, who played Eddie Haskell on ″Leave It to Beaver,″ testified about the time he was shot while working as a Los Angeles policeman.

″I saw a flash of light and the next thing I knew, I was flat on my back on the sidewalk, 10 to 15 feet away. I was not able to move. I thought I was dying,″ Osmond said Tuesday, recounting the 1980 shooting.

The actor-turned-policeman-turned-actor testified in the penalty phase of Albert Cunningham’s murder trial. Cunningham, 41, faces the death penalty for killing Enrique Treto, 36, on Dec. 2, 1985.

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Osmond was called to the stand to detail the lengthy criminal record of Cunningham, who shot him three times eight years ago.

The actor said that he and his partner were on motorcyle patrol for drunken drivers when they came upon a stolen taxi driven by Cunningham.

Following a foot chase, Cunningham shot Osmond. A bulletproof vest stopped two bullets and Osmond’s belt buckle deflected the third.

Cunningham was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Osmond testified that the shooting led to clinical depression, ending his 14-year career as a police officer.

The actor, known by generations of television viewers as Wally Cleaver’s wise-guy pal on ″Leave It to Beaver,″ reprises his role, as a grown-up Eddie Haskell, on ″The New Leave It to Beaver.″

The show is videotaped at Universal Studios and shown on cable’s SuperStation TBS.