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Officer wounded in shooting during car stop



As promised, we wanted to provide an update to you on this incident as we gather more information. Here is what we can share at this time.

The officer involved in this incident is a 5-year veteran of our department. He was working an overtime shift focusing on DUI patrol when he stopped the driver involved in the shooting. The interaction was seconds before the suspect opened fire at close range.

“I am forever grateful that this was not a tragedy for our MVPD family,” said Chief Chris Hsiung. “Our officers go out every day, not knowing what they may encounter on patrol. All department resources have been dedicated to this investigation and I have full faith we will apprehend this suspect.”

At this time, we are still not identifying the suspect given the ongoing investigation. However, he is considered armed and dangerous.



We wanted to make you aware of an incident involving one of our officers this evening.

Good news first: our officer is in good spirits and it appears that he will be physically alright. 

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, July 16, one of our patrol officers was conducting a car stop at Villa and Wild Cherry when a person inside the car shot at our officer. The suspect then drove away from the area. Our officerdid not return fire.

 A short while later, a community member called our dispatch center to report the suspect had crashed his car at Higdon and Villa and then had run away from the crash scene. 

Our officer suffered gunshot wounds to his upper body and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The injuries arenot life-threatening and our officer is expected to make a full recovery. A large-scale perimeter search is being conducted at this time in and around the downtown area. An investigation is underway to identify the shooter and safely apprehend them.

We are not identifying the injured officer at this time.  

We have several neighboring agencies assisting us, including Sunnyvale DPS, Santa Clara PD, CHP and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. For those of you inquiring about the helicopter circling around Central Expressway, that is connected to our perimeter search and we appreciated your patience as we cleared areas in our search for the suspect.

As more information becomes available, we will update you.

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