Sunnyvale police search for second suspect in officer-involved shooting

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (KGO) -- Sunnyvale police are searching for a suspect in connection with a fatal officer-involved shooting. One man is dead and the other is still at large.

Heavily armed officers from multiple agencies provided assistance following the shooting.

Around 4:15 Saturday afternoon, someone called police to report suspicious activity near a Motel 6. Captain Shawn Ahearn says when officers approached a vehicle, two suspects began running.

An 18-year veteran with Sunnyvale's Department of Public Safety shot one of the suspects, who was pronounced dead on the scene despite life-saving measures.

"Through the investigation, we have found a firearm next to his body and an additional firearm in the backpack that he was carrying," Ahearn said.

Ahearn said one was a loaded high capacity magazine and the other was a handgun.

"We don't know if the suspect fired at the officer or not. Again, that will be part of our investigation," Ahearn said.

Sunnyvale DPS officers do not have body cameras, according to Ahearn. He says the officers involved were not hurt.

"I was scared because I was alone," Motel 6 guest Andrea Lara said. "I just heard some gunshots and I looked out and then I saw a lot of police out here."

Witnesses reported seeing the second armed suspect running towards a home.

"He's very dangerous and that's why we're taking this very seriously," Ahearn said.

The search continued from the air and on the ground with officers and K-9 going door to door.

Sunnyvale DPS say they no longer believe the suspect is in the area but they will continue to search for him.

Detectives are continuing their investigation into the case and determine all of the facts surrounding the circumstances of what happened. Anyone with information related to this investigation can contact the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at (408) 730-7110.

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