A Milpitas police officer was fired upon during a routine traffic stop early Tuesday morning and officials are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect.
Authorities say the officer stopped a 1996 tan Honda Accord in the 400 block of Jacklin Road for a moving violation at about 1:45 a.m. As the officer was getting out of his patrol car, the suspect jumped out of his vehicle and fired multiple gunshots at the officer. The officer returned fire, but the suspect managed to flee the scene in his vehicle. The patrol car sustained a bullet hole through the windshield and the officer sustained minor injuries in the incident. Police say it is unknown if the suspect was shot or wounded.
The suspect is described as being Hispanic, about 20-25 years old, between 5’6” and 5’9” and 160-180 pounds. He was wearing a black and white horizontal striped flannel shirt.
Milpitas police canvassed the area and quickly located the suspect vehicle abandoned in a residential neighborhood. The car had been reported stolen out of San Jose.
Police are actively investigating the incident and ask anyone with information to contact them at (408) 586-2400. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call (408) 586-2500 or leave a tip via the Milpitas Police Department’s website.
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