Salinas police are searching for a suspected gang member who allegedly tried to kill a deputy by hitting him with his car Friday night. At about 7:55 p.m., a Monterey County sheriff’s deputy and a Salinas police officer who are assigned to the Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force tried to contact Raymond Campos in the parking lot of 57 Natividad Road. While the officers were approaching, the known gang member allegedly accelerated his vehicle backward, striking the deputy and knocking him to the ground. Campos then went forward and the Salinas police officer fired his handgun to protect himself and his partner, who was injured on the ground, according to the Police Department. Campos fled the vehicle, which was located minutes later abandoned in the area of U.S. Highway 101 and Market Street. Campos is wanted for attempted murder of a police officer. The deputy was flown to a Bay Area hospital where he was treated for a broken collarbone and a separated shoulder. He was released from the hospital. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text at 408-355-0999 if you have any information.
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