Posted: May 7, 2012 3:40 PM by Associated Press (SR)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A California Highway Patrol officer who was shot in the hand and chest from a passing SUV while monitoring highway traffic north of Bakersfield is recovering from his non-life threatening injuries.
The officer, who has not been named, was using a speed-monitoring radar machine on Highway 178 in Kern County late Sunday night when the SUV passed him, made a U-turn and came back toward him with someone firing a 9mm handgun from inside the vehicle, authorities said Monday.
The injured officer opened fire in return, managing to shoot out one of the SUV's back windows. He tried to chase the vehicle as it sped toward Lake Isabella, but his own cruiser had a flat tire.
Neither the SUV nor the men inside it had been located as of Monday.
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