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Gunman Sought After Shooting At Milpitas Officer During Traffic Stop

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Police searched for a gunman after an officer-involved shooting in Milpitas. (CBS)

Police searched for a gunman after an officer-involved shooting in Milpitas. (CBS)

MILPITAS (CBS SF) – The Milpitas Police Department is searching for a man who fired shots at an officer and shattered the windshield of the officer’s vehicle early Tuesday morning following a traffic stop, police said.

The officer, who was not hit by the suspect’s shots, returned fire at the suspect and suffered minor injuries during the shootout, police said.

The incident occurred in the 400 block of Jacklin Road at 1:49 a.m. Tuesday when the officer pulled over a vehicle for a moving violation, police said.

Just as the officer left his patrol vehicle, the suspect got out of his car and began firing shots, hitting the police cruiser and shattering the windshield.

The suspect then went back into his car and drove away. Officers soon located the car, a tan 1996 Honda Accord, abandoned in a residential area, and learned that it had been reported stolen in San Jose.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports: 

Police have described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing from 160 to 180 pounds and wearing a black and while horizontal-striped flannel shirt.

Police are urging anyone with information about the suspect or the case to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400.

Tips can be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2800 or visiting the Police Department’s website at www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/police/crime–tip.asp.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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