San Bernardino Police Search for Shooter Who Fired at Community Service Officer

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A San Bernardino officer was fired upon at an apartment complex, and police were looking for the shooter Wednesday.

A San Bernardino officer's patrol car was struck by gunfire when a man opened fire on March 9, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A San Bernardino officer’s patrol car was struck by gunfire when a man opened fire on March 9, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A community service officer was at an apartment complex at 2625 W. Second St. when shots were fired about 2:15 p.m., San Bernardino Police Department spokeswoman Eileen Hards told KTLA.

The officer was recovering a stolen vehicle from a carport when the shooting occurred, police Lt. Rich Lawhead said.

The officer was standing outside doing paperwork and saw the man pointing a gun at him and then fire, Lawhead said.

The officer was not struck, but his vehicle was hit by gunfire, Hards said.

The patrol car’s driver’s side window was shattered, and glass was all over the interior, video from the scene showed.

Preliminary information indicated four shots were fired from a handgun, but investigators were still working to confirm details, she said.

Officers were searching for the shooter as of about 3:30 p.m., and a perimeter had been set up in the area.

The shooting occurred near a fire station.

The suspect was descried as a black man, between 25 and 35 years old, weighing about 160 to 190 pounds, according to a statement from the police department. He had short black hair, a thin build and medium to dark skin.

The man was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans at the time of the shooting, police stated.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect was asked to call Detective Al Tello at 909-384-5747.

KTLA’s Stephen Acosta and Nidia Becerra contributed to this article.

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