Suspected Gang Member Wanted in Connection With Shooting of Deputy in Coachella Arrested in Mexico

A suspected gang member wanted in connection with shooting a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy after a traffic stop in Coachella has been arrested in Mexico after an extensive manhunt, officials announced Thursday.

Gildardo Davila is shown in a photo provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department on May 26, 2017.

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff shared a photo of Davila as he was taken into custody.

“The Sheriff’s Dept deployed massive resources and worked closely with our federal law enforcement partners in a manhunt that tracked Davila into Mexico, and now bringing him back to face justice in Riverside County,” the photo caption stated.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials are expected to release more information about the arrest during a news conference Friday.

Davila, 27, of Coachella allegedly threw a handgun from a vehicle and failed to stop when a deputy tried to pull over a vehicle one week ago, on May 25, officials said.

The deputy found the vehicle about 2 miles away, where Davila got out and ran through a residential neighborhood.

The deputy chased after Davila, who allegedly shot and injured him and was able to get away, officials said.

The deputy, an officer with the Coachella Police Department, was airlifted to a hospital for treatment and his injuries were not life threatening. He has not been identified.

Officials released the information about Davila’s arrest in a tweet Thursday.