Investigators Search for Suspect in Connection to Shooting of Police Officer in West Covina, California

Investigators Search for Suspect in Connection to Shooting of Police Officer in West Covina, California

A West Covina officer was shot and wounded during an armed confrontation with a man on a bicycle who is still at large, a sheriff’s deputy said Saturday.

The officer-involved-shooting took place at 11:20 p.m. Friday, near the intersection of North Yaleton Avenue and Badillo Street, according to Deputy Mike Barraza.

According to sheriff’s homicide detectives who are assisting West Covina police with the investigation, the wounded officer had “contacted” a man riding a bicycle. That contact led to a gunfight between the officer and the bicyclist, which left the officer wounded, according to Deputy Trina Schrader.

There’s no word yet on what led to the escalation to violence after the contact was made by officers. Nor is there any information released so far by authorities as to why the officer stopped the man in the first place.

The West Covina officer was transported to a trauma center with non-life-threatening injuries, Barraza said. He was expected to survive.

The suspect, who was believed to be armed, managed to evade responding officers. A search was on in the neighborhood surrounding the shooting scene, Barraza said.

The sheriff’s department, he added, was assisting West Covina police along with several other municipalities in maintaining the perimeter around the search area and in looking for the male suspect.

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