A California Highway Patrol officer wounded a suspect Thursday evening in Malaga, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.
Officers from a regional auto theft task force were following two male adults around 4:45 p.m. in a black Honda Accord that had been reported stolen, said Fresno County Sheriff Sgt. Quentin Hawkins. When the officers stopped the vehicle, the two suspects ran off.
After a brief chase through the neighborhood, one officer fired a round at one suspect, hitting him in the shoulder, Hawkins said.
The other suspect is still on the loose. Officers are currently canvassing the neighborhood.
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Officers searched a yard where the suspect was seen fleeing and found a toy plastic gun, but they are unsure if the weapon is connected to the suspects, Hawkins said.
No suspect description was currently available.
No officers were hurt, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said.
The shooting happened near Calvin and Olney avenues in the center of the unincorporated community just south of Fresno.
The other suspect was taken to Community Regional Medical Center with a non-lethal injury. No other details were immediately available.
Fresno County sheriff’s detectives and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office were investigating the shooting.
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