Authorities seeking public’s help locating suspect who shot California cop


For more than four days, authorities in California have been searching for a suspected gang member who shot and injured a police officer following a traffic stop Thursday night.

The suspect was identified as Gildardo Davila, 27, of Coachella. He is wanted for attempted murder on a peace officer and authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, an officer with the Coachella Police Department initiated a traffic stop around 7:45 p.m. Davila failed to stop and the officer observed Davila toss a handgun out of the car window before fleeing in his vehicle.

About two miles from where the handgun was tossed, the officer located Davila once again. At the sight of the officer, Davila bailed out of his car and fled on foot. During the chase, Davila opened fire on the officer.

The officer was shot multiple times, and Davila fled on foot.

According to KTLA, resident Ophelia Haro heard half a dozen gunshots, then found the officer lying on the sidewalk and called for help. The officer was airlifted to the hospital. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

As of late Monday night, Davila was still at large.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Dickey with the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Nieburger at 760-863-8990. Tipsters can remain completely anonymous by calling Valley Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP.

[ Riverside County Sheriff’s Office ]

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