Mountain View officer shot and injured in downtown traffic stop | New
An overtime Mountain View police officer was shot and injured early Saturday morning during a traffic stop, sparking a downtown manhunt.
The suspect remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous, Mountain View police said in a statement. statement Saturday morning, July 16. Due to the ongoing investigation, police are withholding the suspect’s name.
The point-blank shooting occurred shortly after midnight as a DUI enforcement officer was carrying out a traffic stop at Villa Street and Wild Cherry Lane, according to the department. The shooter walked away from the scene and the officer, a five-year veteran of the force the city does not name, did not return fire.
Shortly after the shooting, police were told by a member of the community that the suspected shooter had crashed his car on Higdon Avenue and Villa Street. Mountain View Police and numerous nearby agencies, including Sunnyvale and Santa Clara Police Departments, California Highway Patrol and the Santa Clara County Sheriff‘s Office, conducted a perimeter search throughout the area to search for the shooter, according to the announcement. An investigation is still ongoing to apprehend the shooter, police said.
The officer was shot in the upper body and taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to the press release. The injuries are not considered life threatening and the officer, who was reportedly in good spirits, is expected to make a full recovery.