The suspect in the shooting of a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy is still on the loose, and authorities are asking for help from the public to find him.
COLTON, Texas (CBSLA) — While trying to conduct a traffic stop between Waterman Avenue and Olive Street on Tuesday afternoon, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot.
The officer was ambushed after turning a curve in pursuit of a white car, and the suspect then fired dozens of bullets at the sheriff’s cruiser, according to video from the attempted traffic stop.
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“Our deputy has arrived on the scene. At a news conference on Tuesday morning, SBC Sheriff Shannon Dicus stated, “They immediately start treating him with first aid and put him up into a vehicle.”
The 27-year-old officer, who has been with the county sheriff’s department for four years, seemed to have minor injuries after the spectacular and brutal attack.
“Facial injuries on the surface. Sheriff Dicus stated, “We don’t know how those face injuries happened, and then there was some kind of shrapnel in his arm.”
When a Central Station deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop about 4:14 p.m., the event happened. The radio received a “guns fired” call shortly after the attempted halt.
The car of an SBC deputy burnt out at the site of the incident, but it is unknown what caused the fire.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what started the fire that burned the officer’s car, but it’s possible that it was the barrage of bullets, the most of which, if not all, missed the deputy.
“I paid a personal visit to the deputy. He’s in a terrific mood. Sheriff Dicus stated, “He’s talking and lucid, and he’s surrounded by his family.”
Following the ambush, the shooting suspect fled. San Bernardino police spent four hours searching the area for him.
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The reason for the deputy’s effort to halt the BMW has yet to be revealed, as has the identity of the suspect.
Fellow officers, on the other hand, are just pleased that the deputy has survived what is, for the most part, their greatest fear.
Sheriff Dicus described the incident as “extremely traumatic” and “definitely not something you anticipate.” We must remember that people who go out every day and perform this work on our behalf as citizens incur such dangers. And you never know when you’ll be confronted by someone who will use violence against you. Unfortunately, it has happened to our department many times in the past six months.”
The shooting aspect of this event is being investigated by the San Bernardino Police Department since the SBC officer who was shot was performing a traffic stop while traveling within city boundaries.
SBPD has yet to confirm whether or not the culprit has been apprehended, but CBSLA’s Nicole Comstock says that police have narrowed in on a promising area. Police are anticipated to provide another update to the public shortly.
A Caucasian man in his 20s wearing a white shirt and a red hat has been identified as the accused shooter. He’s driving a white BMW 3 series, according to reports.
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