The man suspected of shooting a Mountain View police officer at close range in the early morning hours of July 16 has been safely apprehended.
Jeffrey Choy, 33, of Stockton, was arrested by US Marshals in conjunction with Mountain View police detectives after a short foot pursuit in Fremont on Sunday, July 17, shortly before noon. Choy was the primary and only suspect wanted in connection with the early morning shooting of a Mountain View patrol officer, who had pulled Choy over in his vehicle while our officer was working an overtime shift specifically to conduct DUI enforcement. Within seconds of pulling the vehicle over, our officer was shot by Choy. Choy then drove a short distance away, crashed his car, and ran away from the scene. An extensive, methodical search of the area was conducted, but he was not located.
Over the course of the next 24 hours, detectives as well as multiple sworn and professional staff, worked around the clock to help investigate the case and locate Choy, who had early on been identified as the suspect in this case. Ultimately, investigators learned that Choy had fled from Mountain View and was later located in Union City.
In partnership with the US Marshals Service, Mountain View detectives went to Union City to detain Choy. After brief foot pursuit, Choy was safely apprehended in Fremont. He was brought back to Santa Clara County, and will be booked on charges of attempted murder of a peace officer.
“To say that I am proud of the around-the-clock work our teams did to find the man responsible for wounding our officer is an understatement,” said Chief Chris Hsiung. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude at their sacrifice, I am in awe of their persistence and I am so thankful all are safe.”
The Mountain View Police Department would also like to thank the numerous law enforcement agencies who helped make today possible – the US Marshals Service, the Union City Police Department, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, the Newark Police Department, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, the Palo Alto Police Department, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, the San Jose Police Department, the Campbell Police Department, the Santa Clara Police Department, the Los Altos Police Department, the California Highway Patrol and the FBI.
We also wanted to take a moment to highlight questions we received from our community about why we didn’t share information about the suspect on July 16. Please note, that was done intentionally. We distributed a statewide law enforcement bulletin notifying all police organizations of the incident and the identity of the suspect. Please know that your community, and those communities around us, were being safely guarded by your police and sheriff’s deputies who keeping a watchful eye out for the suspect. To ensure the integrity of the investigation, and to have a successful resolution like we did today, we kept Choy’s identity out of the public. We thank you for your understanding.
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