The Milpitas Police Department is offering a $10,000 reward for information about a man who fired shots at an officer Tuesday morning during a traffic stop, police said today. The officer, a six-year veteran of the force, who was not hit by the suspect’s shots, returned fire at the suspect and suffered minor injuries during the shootout, police said. The incident occurred in the 400 block of Jacklin Road at about 1:49 a.m. that morning when the officer pulled over a vehicle for a driving above the posted speed limit and running a red light, police said.
Just as the officer left his patrol vehicle, the suspect got out of his car and began firing shots, hitting the police cruiser and shattering the windshield. The suspect then went back into his car and drove away. Police found the suspect’s car, a tan 1996 Honda Accord, after a call reporting a car left parked in a residential area with its engine running near Folsom Place around 8 a.m. that morning. The vehicle had been reported stolen in San Jose. Police described the suspect as a Hispanic man, 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing between 160 and 180 pounds and wearing a black and while horizontal-striped flannel shirt.
Police ask anyone with information about the suspect or the case to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400.
Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you have any information that can help solve this crime.
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