The gunshot-wounded officer is a 5-year veteran of the department

The Mountain View police officer who was shot during a routine traffic stop Saturday morning is a 5-year veteran of the department who was working an extra shift focused on DUI patrol, officials said Saturday. police.

The officer was injured in the shooting during a traffic stop at Villa Street and Wild Cherry Lane early Saturday morning, shortly after midnight.

The officer was shot in the upper body by a person in the stopped vehicle. The officer did not respond and the suspect fled.

In an update, officials said the interaction took place seconds before the suspect opened fire at close range.


“I’m eternally grateful this isn’t a tragedy for our MVPD family,” Mountain View Police Chief Chris Hsiung said. “Our officers go out every day, not knowing what they might encounter on patrol. All of the department’s resources have been devoted to this investigation and I am confident that we will apprehend this suspect.”

Officials said the suspect was armed and dangerous. The department has not yet identified the suspect as the investigation is ongoing.

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