Saturday, November 26, 2005


California Highway Patrol: CHP officer shot, fugitive on the run, investigation underway

Never let it be said that criminals won't keep doing the stupidest acts known to man. Another great example of that is this genius who decided that it would be a good idea to pull a gun on a CHP officer.

ONTARIO - During what appeared to be a routine traffic stop, a California Highway Patrol officer was shot and wounded after he pulled over a speeding car on the 15 Freeway on Friday afternoon, causing traffic to back up for several miles.

The CHP officer pulled the car over on the southbound 15 just north of the Jurupa Street exit at 2:40 p.m., said Ontario police Officer Craig Ansman.

For whatever reason, the driver fired on the officer a short time later, Ansman said.

"He makes a traffic stop," Ansman explained. "He starts talking to the driver, he starts issuing a traffic violation. Gunfire ensues, and he's hit. He was hit in the lower extremities."

"The officer was struck several times, but was able to return fire," said Ontario police Officer Bill Russell during a press conference Friday evening.

The officer was then able to get back to his patrol car and radio for help, Russell said.

The officer, whose name was not released, was transported to an undisclosed local hospital for treatment of his wounds. He was listed in stable condition, Ansman said.

There isn't a single law enforcement agency within 1,000 miles that isn't on the lookout for this guy right now. I'll post updates as they're made available.

UPDATE: Looks like we have a name:

Police have released the name of a suspect they say shot and wounded a California Highway Patrol officer on Interstate 15 near Ontario yesterday afternoon.

A manhunt is under way for 37-year-old Jaime Zavala Garcia of Mira Loma.

It figures that he would be a local, but I'm still interested to know why he pulled a gun on the CHP officer. Warrants? Expired tags? Recent divorce? You make the call.

UPDATE: It appears that the US Marshals have picked him up in Kansas with the assistance of local agencies.

A man suspected of shooting and wounding a California Highway Patrol officer on Friday was arrested in a small city in Kansas Sunday afternoon.

Jaime Zavala Garcia, 37, of Mira Loma was arrested along with his brother, 43-year-old Antonio Garcia Zavala of Hesperia, during a traffic stop in Liberal, Kan., Ontario police Detective Dave McBride said.

As of late Sunday evening, Ontario police were still awaiting official confirmation of Garcia's identity, but, McBride said, they are "sure" they have the right men.

Kansas police were given investigative leads by the United States Marshals, McBride said, leading them to begin surveillance on the home of an acquaintance.

Shortly after the surveillance began, the two men were seen getting into a vehicle outside the home, he said.

Garcia and Zavala were arrested without incident during a traffic stop a short distance from the home, McBride said.


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