Gunman fires shots at police cruiser, narrowly missing officer during pursuit in California

MADERA, Calif. — An officer had a close call when a gunman fired multiple shots at the police cruiser, narrowly him in Madera, California early Sunday morning.

The police pursuit began about 4:34 a.m. when the officer attempted to stop a Mazda SUV on Howard Road near Schnoor Avenue, Madera Police Department posted on Facebook. The officer chased after the SUV as it started speeding away.

As both vehicles were turning onto Lighthouse Drive from Mainberry Street, the front passenger of the Mazda SUV reached out the window and fired about nine shots at the cruiser.

The SUV sped off and the officer continued to follow. The gunman fired four more shots at the cruiser as it approached Shannon Avenue. The gunshots eventually took out the vehicle, causing the officer to stop the pursuit.

Three of the gunshots struck the patrol car, with two of them smashing through the windshield and narrowly missing the officer and a civilian passenger, who was on a ride along with him. The passenger received minor scratches from broken glass.

The SUV was later found abandoned a few blocks from where the officer last saw it. An AR15-style pistol and other evidence was found in the area, Madera Police Department said.

Medera Police Department posted the dashcam video that captured the terrifying pursuit. The department did not release the officer’s name, but said it was only his second week as an officer when the incident happened.

“We are thankful and blessed that both the officer and civilian were not injured. The officer’s decisive actions prevented the civilian ride along from being seriously injured. The officer demonstrated a very cool demeanor for such a short time with the department,” Madera police wrote on Facebook.