LAS VEGAS (AP) – Rural Nevada deputies are searching for a gunman who opened fire on police, leaving one deputy critically injured.
KRNV-TV reports the Elko County sheriff’s office is searching for 43-year-old Peter Coca, who they call armed and dangerous.
They say Coca shot Deputy Lenwood VanNatter multiple times in the chest, hip and legs during a Thursday night face-off. VanNatter was taken to the University of Utah hospital, where he underwent surgery.
Deputies found Coca holding a rifle on the roof of a house at about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.
He fired 25 to 30 shots at the deputies, who returned fire.
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