CHP Officer-Involved Shooting in Woodlake

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A CHP officer and a suspect were shot following a chase in Tulare County.

Tulare County sheriff’s deputies were called to the area of Sierra Drive in Three Rivers around 10:30 a.m. on Friday after a man was seen driving down the road with a gun.

They believe it’s the same person who pulled a gun on a family walking on a trail forcing the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to be shut down.

Sheriff Boudreaux said the man slashed the tires of the family and took off.

Reports started coming in of shots fired at a Chevron in Exeter around 10:30.

Then more shots were been fired at Horse Creek Bridge in Exeter.

Cal Fire, who has armed investigators that are law enforcement, found the vehicle and pulled the car over, the suspect stopped and started firing at two Cal Fire officers and they returned fire.

The suspect took off again and Cal Fire called out over the radio and allied agencies started responding to the pursuit.

Woodlake police officers, officers with California Fish and Game, Tulare sheriff’s deputies and CHP all supported each other trying to stop driver.

They say he kept firing out his window at the pursuing officers and drove into an orange grove.

There he got out and began running.

Sheriff Boudreaux a CHP officer was getting out of her vehicle when the suspect came up from behind and they began fighting her.

Other agencies surrounded the grove to contain the man.

Deputies and the CHP officer got into a gunfight with the suspect.

He was shot and went down.

The CHP officer was also shot and flown to CRMC, listed in good condition.

The suspect was also shot in the leg and taken to a local hospital.

Click to listen to the reports by KMJ’s Liz Kern: