VICTORVILLE – The suspect involved in a hit-and-run traffic collision, who was subsequently involved in an officer-involved shooting remains at large Wednesday night authorities said. On November 21, 2017, at around 4:30 p.m. the off-duty California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer exited the 15 freeway at Mojave Drive. As he was stopped at the stop sign he was rear-ended by the suspect vehicle, a green Chevrolet TrailBlazer.
The victim followed the suspect to the Winco parking lot on Roy Rogers Drive and Amargosa Road. He then parked his vehicle, got out to inspect the damage and exchange information. Although the victim thought the suspect was going to stop, he did not stop. At one point, the CHP officer believed that the suspect was attempting to strike him with his vehicle. “ Fearing for his safety and that of his child, who was in his vehicle, the victim fired two rounds at the suspect vehicle from his off-duty firearm,” said Victorville Sheriff’s Department Spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez, in a written statement.
The suspect fled and remains at large. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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