An investigation into an officer-involved shooting was blocking part of a busy thoroughfare in Milpitas this morning.
The shooting occurred after an officer pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 400 block of Jacklin Road at 1:49 a.m., police said.
As the officer got out of his patrol car, the driver of the car that was pulled over also exited his vehicle and shot at the officer, according to police. The police vehicle was struck, shattering the windshield.
The officer returned fire, and the suspect drove off. It is unclear if he was shot. He remained at large as of 3 p.m.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20 to 25 years old, 5’6-5’9, 160 to 180 pounds, and wearing a black and white horizontal striped flannel shirt.
Officers canvassed the area and located the suspect vehicle, a 1996 tan Honda Accord, which had been abandoned in a local residential neighborhood. The vehicle was recently reported as stolen out of the City of San Jose
The officer suffered minor injuries not related to the gunfire, and did not require medical treatment, police said.
Jacklin Road was shut down between Arizona Avenue and Campbell Street for the investigation but has since reopened.
Anyone with more information on the case is asked to call Milpitas police at (408) 586-2400. Tips can be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2800 or visiting the Police Department's website at www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/police/crime_tip.asp
--Rachel Stern and Bay City News Service