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‘Time to find this guy’: Manhunt underway for bicyclist who shot West Covina officer

A manhunt is underway for a man who is wanted in connection with shooting and injuring a West Covina police officer.

Authorities said Jose Luis Chavez, 47, should be considered armed and dangerous.

Chavez was riding a bicycle on North Yaleton Avenue near Badillo Street at 11:18 p.m. Friday when the on-duty officer approached him, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The officer tried to detain him, but a gun battle ensued, deputies said. Chavez fired numerous rounds at the officer, deputies said.

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The West Covina police officer was struck in the chest. He was taken to a hospital and was released Sunday.

“Our officer was released from the hospital this afternoon and is home resting,” Police Chief Dave Faulkner said. “Now, time to find this guy!”

Authorities are looking for Chavez and hoping the public will help them find him.

Chavez is described as 6-feet-1-inch tall and 225 pounds, officials said. It is unclear whether he was hurt by the gunfire.

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Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be made by calling (800) 222-8477 or texting “TIPLA” to CRIMES (274637), or going to the website lacrimestoppers.org.

veronica.rocha@latimes.com

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