Suspect Opens Fire on Police Officer During Ride-Along in Madera, Passenger’s Frantic Screams Heard on Dashcam

A search is underway for a shooter who sprayed gunfire at a Madera, Calif., police officer and a passenger during a ride-along on Sunday.

The back window of a patrol cruiser was shattered by a barrage of gunfire on Oct. 23, 2016 in Madera. (Credit: Madera Police Department)

The back window of a patrol cruiser was shattered by a barrage of gunfire on Oct. 23, 2016 in Madera. (Credit: Madera Police Department)

The officer was not injured; the passenger suffered some minor cuts from broken glass during the shooting, according Lt. Gino Chiaramonte of the Madera Police Department. On Monday, police said detectives were continuing their investigation into the shooting that was captured on a dash camera inside the police cruiser.

“We are thankful and blessed that both the officer and civilian were not injured,” Chiaramonte said. “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.”

The footage shows the officer following a white Mazda, which he tried to stop about 4:34 a.m. on Howard Road at Schnoor Avenue. But the driver doesn’t stop and speeds through a residential neighborhood, blowing through stop signs.

Click here to read the full story in LATimes.com.