A $10,000 reward is still being offered to apprehend the driver of a stolen Honda Accord who traded gunfire with a Milpitas Police Department officer during a traffic stop in November.
The City of Milpitas and Milpitas Police Officers Association on Nov. 30 announced the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who shot at a Milpitas officer on the 400 block of Jacklin Road near Escuela Parkway during the early morning hours Nov. 27.
Milpitas police Sgt. Raj Maharaj said no arrests have been made in the case, which remains under investigation.
The shooter is described as a Hispanic man, about 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 160 to 180 pounds, wearing a black and white horizontal striped flannel shirt.
The shooting, which jarred some neighbors from bed and later compromised the drive to local schools, began at approximately 1:41 a.m. Police said an anonymous person called 911 to report a possible crime.
The first Milpitas police officer arrived on scene at 1:43 a.m. Several other officers responded to search for a suspect. One officer positioned himself at Jacklin Road and Interstate 680, which was deemed a possible escape route from the area of the crime, waiting for the suspect to emerge, police said.
At approximately 1:49 a.m., the officer who was stopped in the area of Jacklin Road and I-680 saw a Honda Accord traveling northbound on North Park Victoria Drive
The officer maneuvered into position to attempt a traffic stop and eventually pulled the driver of the Accord over on Jacklin west of Escuela Parkway.
As the officer exited his patrol car, the suspect emerged from his vehicle and opened fire. The officer returned fire.
The shooter fled westbound on Jacklin in the car. The officer attempted to give chase, but lost the vehicle in the area of Jacklin and Arizona Avenue. Officers canvassed the area and could not locate the suspect or the vehicle, police said.
The police cruiser was struck multiple times by gunfire, which caused its windshield to shatter. The officer was not shot, but suffered minor injuries during the incident. It is unknown if the suspect was hit by the policeman's shots.
The same day at approximately 8:04 a.m., a citizen called Milpitas Police Department about a tan 1996 Honda Accord parked with its engine running. Officers responded to the area of Folsom Place inside the private Hidden Lakes Village community, found the vehicle and concluded it was the Honda used during the shooting.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined the vehicle had been stolen from a San Jose residence. Officers and a police dog searched the neighborhood for the suspect, but did not locate him.
The officer who returned fire has worked for the department for six years. He was placed on routine administrative leave.
Police would not confirm how many shots were exchanged between the officer and the suspect. It was only the third officer-involved shooting in the department's nearly 60-year history.
Anyone with any information regarding the shooting is asked to call Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500.