Gildardo Davila Shoots Riverside Co. Deputy, Escapes, Location Not Known

Riverside County, CA - Gildardo Davila has been identified as the suspect who shot a Riverside County Deputy on Thursday night. He was able to escape and could be hiding anywhere.

Deputy Armando Muñoz with Riverside County Sheriff's Office released a statement about the incident:

On Thursday, May

Riverside County, CA - Gildardo Davila has been identified as the suspect who shot a Riverside County Deputy on Thursday night. He was able to escape and could be hiding anywhere.

Deputy Armando Muñoz with Riverside County Sheriff's Office released a statement about the incident:

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, at about 7:45 PM, an officer from the Coachella Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle in the area of Harrison Street and First Street, located in the city of Coachella. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and threw a handgun from the vehicle.

Shortly thereafter, the officer located the vehicle in the area of Calle Mendoza and Las Flores Avenue. The driver exited the vehicle and fled through a residential neighborhood. The officer chased after the suspect and the suspect who was armed with a handgun, shot and injured the officer. The officer called for assistance and multiple officers and medical personnel responded to the scene and the officer was airlifted to a local area hospital for treatment. The officer, who was struck by the gunfire, suffered non-life threatening injuries. The involved officer’s name is not being released at this time.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT Team responded and conducted a search throughout the residential neighborhood. Investigators from the Coachella Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Central Homicide Unit also responded to the location and assumed control of the investigation. A search for the suspect is ongoing. The male suspect has been identified as 27-year-old, Coachella resident, Gildardo Davila. Davila is a suspected gang member and is believed to be armed and dangerous.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is encouraging anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact Investigator Dickey of the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Nieburger at 760-863-8990. If you would like to remain anonymous, please contact Valley Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP.

Gildardo Davila could be anywhere. Let's get his picture out there so he has nowhere to hide.

If you try to murder a law enforcement officer, we will find you.

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