CHP Officer Shot While Monitoring Traffic Print
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Monday, 07 May 2012 07:26

BAKERSFIELD - The California Highway Patrol is on the look out for three individuals in an SUV that opened gunfire at one of their own. Sunday evening a CHP officers was stopped on the westbound shoulder of State Route 178 operating a radar unit and monitoring traffic.

The suspect driving a blue SUV slowed, made a u-turn, crossed the double yellow lines, then re-entered the westbound lanes, traveling the wrong way towards the officer. As the suspect closed in on the officer the left rear passenger fired multiple shots at the officer. The officer, who was struck in the hand and chest, drew his service weapon and returned fire.

 

The SUV was struck several times on the left side. After the shooting the SUV fled the scene traveling eastbound on SR-178 towards Lake Isabella. The officer attempted to give chase but was unable to due to a shot-out tire.

The officer received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Kern Medical Center where he was treated and released. The CHP is not releasing the officers name at this time.

The suspect vehicle is believed to have been a blue Yukon SUV with 24 inch chrome wheels. The SUV was occupied with at least three male adults. The left rear passenger and the driver were Hispanic males.

The Bakersfield CHP office is requesting the publics help with any information that could lead to the arrest of these individuals. If you have any information that might help with the investigation please call (661) 864-4444.