Crime & Justice

CHP officer shot in West Covina during traffic stop

An officer was shot during a traffic stop in West Covina Friday.
An officer was shot during a traffic stop in West Covina Friday.
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A California Highway Patrol officer is in the hospital in stable condition after he was shot around 1:40 a.m. during a traffic stop in West Covina that resulted in a pursuit, CHP officer Tony Polizzi told KPCC. 

The officer pulled over a Cadillac Escalade that had been weaving along Interstate 10 in the city of West Covina, according to CHP spokesman Officer Jose Barrios, AP reported. 

The suspect shot and struck an officer as the officer approached the SUV. Officers returned fire, but it is unclear if the man was struck. 

West Covina police were able to locate the suspect's vehicle after he fled and an hour later the pursuit ended in Fontana at Arrow Boulevard and Citrus Avenue.

A gun was recovered at the scene, according to AP. 

"The suspect was not very cooperative and refused to comply, at which time West Covina PD sent in a K-9 unit," CHP Southern Division PIO Kevin Tao told KPCC. "He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and dog bites. Suspect appeared to have a gunshot wound."

Police are still trying to determine if a second suspect was in the vehicle during the traffic stop and fled at some point. The suspect, whose name has not been released since police are investigating his possible involvement in other incidents, has been charged with attempted murder and failing to yield to police officers, said Tao. 

News footage from ABC 7 shows an Uber sticker on the front windshield of the driver's SUV. Uber could not confirm the driver as an employee or in there was any connection to it at all, but the ridesharing company denounced the incident in a statement.

"This is a deplorable and tragic situation. Our heartfelt thoughts are with the injured officer and his family as he recovers," the statement says. "We have been in contact with California Highway Patrol and stand ready to provide any information that will aid their investigation."

The wounded officer's name is not being released, but he is a 40-year-old man who has been with the department for six years.