California police officer pursues shooting suspect with civilian in patrol car

Published 10/24 2016 11:39AM

Updated 10/24 2016 11:39AM

A manhunt is underway in California for suspects who opened fire on a police officer with a terrified civilian in the passenger seat.

The cruiser's dash cam captured the gunfire during a pursuit.

The officer wasn't hurt, but the woman riding along was scratched by broken glass.

The violent attack played out early Sunday in Madera, northwest of Fresno.

Early Sunday morning, a Madera police officer pulled over a Mazda SUV for a minor traffic violation

"He's not stopping? You're kidding me right?"

Sitting in the officer's passenger seat, a female civilian taking part in a ride along.

"We try to and teach the citizens of our town and community what law enforcement is," said Lieutenant  Gino Chiaramonte, Madera Police. "We want to give them the full scope and scale of what the job entails and she was doing one of those ride alongs."

The car takes off and the officer turns on his sirens and pursues. Moments later the civilian passenger notices something terrifying.

"He has a gun! No, no, no! Shots fired."

Around a dozen shots were fired. Two bullets pierced through the front windshield narrowly missing the ride along who was noticeably shaken.

The officer ended the chase after his patrol car was disabled. The suspect's vehicle was found abandoned. Nearby there was an AR15 style pistol.

"The round that went through the top window actually got lodged, just left of the headrest where the passenger would be sitting," said Lt. Chiaramonte.

The names of the officer - who was in just his second week working solo -- and the civilian involved have not been released and police are still searching for the suspects.


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