EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- An East Palo Alto officer was shot and injured late Thursday night after a suspect with a fully automatic ghost gun ran from a traffic stop, police say.
East Palo Alto police say that an officer pulled over 44-year-old Willie Wiley in a Dodge Charger around Fordham Street and Purdue Avenue after 11 p.m. for a Vehicle Code violation.
Wiley got out of the car and ran from officers, who chased him. During a struggle to get Wiley in custody, he fired a single round at an officer. No shots were fired by police.
The officer, a 5-year veteran, was shot in the lower part of his body and is being treated for a non-life-threatening injury.
"We are grateful that our officer was not more seriously injured, and that the suspect and firearm are in custody," said East Palo Alto Interim Police Chief Jeff Liu in a press release. "This is a stark reminder of the danger police officers face, and the ongoing dangers of gun violence. We must never forget the risk our police officers take every time they leave their families to serve our community."
Police Wiley was using a ghost gun that had been converted to be fully automatic with a high-capacity magazine.
According to the State Attorney General, in 2015 California law enforcement agencies seized a total of 26 ghost guns, but by 2021 that number had increased to 12,388.
This week in San Francisco, the Police Commission banned pretextual traffic stops for minor infractions.
The investigation is ongoing and if you have any information on the East Palo Alto shooting, you can call Acting Commander Angel Sanchez at (650) 853-3154.
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