CHP officer shot in LA County traffic stop; suspect caught

Sep 11, 2015 4:37 PM by News Staff

WEST COVINA, Calif. (AP) - A man shot and wounded a California Highway Patrol officer early Friday during a traffic stop in Los Angeles County before leading them on a nearly one-hour chase that ended with his arrest.

The officer pulled over a Cadillac Escalade that had been weaving along Interstate 10 in the city of West Covina just before 1:40 a.m., and the driver shot the officer as he approached the SUV, according to CHP spokesman Officer Jose Barrios. His partner returned fire and the Escalade sped off, according to Barrios, who said the wounded officer was in stable condition.

The pursuit ended around 2:31 a.m. about 30 miles east, in the San Bernardino County city of Fontana. The suspect surrendered and was taken to the hospital with injuries of his own.

Investigators are looking for a woman who was inside the suspect's car during the first stop, but not when officers made the arrest. A gun was recovered at the scene.

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