Porterville, California Hero Shot

A Porterville, California officer was shot late Thursday night (stock photo.)

A Porterville, California officer was shot late Thursday night (stock photo.)

Porterville, California Hero Shot

Porterville, California – A Porterville police officer was shot during a traffic stop late Thursday night.

Porterville Police Chief Eric Kroutil advised that the incident occurred after an unidentified officer stopped a car Olive Avenue near Jaye Street around 11:15 PM. As soon as the car stopped, a passenger jumped out of the vehicle and started running away.

An officer chased the suspect to H Street. The suspect then turned around, pulled out a gun, and opened fire at the officer, hitting him in the lower-right hip. That officer returned fire and a second officer arrived during the gunfight and also shot at the suspect.

ABC 30 reported that Chief Kroutil said, “It absolutely is a scare time. Stuff like this just doesn’t happen in Porterville. I’ve been here 23 years, and never has an officer been shot in my time here.”

The officer’s wounds are reportedly non-life threatening. The suspect was shot several times and is in critical condition, but he is expected to survive.

The reason for the initial stop and the reason that the passenger was pursued is not known at this time.

Fatal attacks on police officers are becoming more common. Gunfire deaths of law enforcement officers are up 80% this year from the same time last year. We are fortunate that this officer was able to win the gunfight and that his death wasn’t added to the already high death toll.

Hopefully the suspect will never see the outside of a prison cell again.