Law enforcement authorities in Milpitas Friday asked for the public's help in finding a suspect -- and his possible accomplices -- involved in shooting up a police car this week.
Police offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect or suspects.
The shooting occurred when an officer pulled over a vehicle in the 400 block of Jacklin Road at 1:49 a.m. Tuesday, police said.
Officers had responded to a crime-in-progress call and one officer had positioned himself on Jacklin -- near Interstate 680 -- in case a suspect attempted to use the arterial as a getaway access point.
When a Honda Accord blew through a light past him, the officer -- not sure whether the car had been involved in the just-reported crime -- pulled it over, according to Milipitas police Sgt. Raj Maharaj.
As the officer got out of his cruiser on Jacklin, near Escuela Parkway, the Honda driver got out and fired several rounds, hitting the squad car but missing the officer, Maharaj wrote.
The windshield was shattered, injuring the officer, the sergeant said, and it was not known if the driver was hurt.
Police said the suspect drove off, leading the officer on a chase, but eluded capture in the area of Jacklin and Arizona Avenue.
The Accord was later recovered on Folsom Place, its engine running; the suspect has not been found.
He was described as a Latino about 23 years old, standing around 5 feet 8 and weighing about 175 pounds; he wore a black-and-white horizontally striped flannel shirt, police said.
Anyone with information was asked to call Milpitas police, 408-586-2400 or provide an anonymous tip at 408-586-2500.
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