Suspect on the run after shooting at Pensacola police officer

Suspect on the run after shooting at Pensacola police officer. Photo source: MGN Image License Photo: KIRO

The Pensacola Police Department (PPD) is searching for a man after he shot at an officer Friday night.

Around 10:30 p.m. on December 2, PPD officers were responding to an incident on Highland Drive.

According to a report, a man confronted a woman while armed with a handgun.

The woman reportedly said the male approached her vehicle after she backed out of a driveway and confronted her while holding the gun.

Fearing for her safety, she drove away to escape and the man ran away.

PPD Officer Matthew Mercado found the suspect on Sixth Avenue near Tunis Street.

The suspect turned toward Mercado, fired one shot and fled the area on foot.

Mercado was not injured.

PPD used a K-9 officer to track for the suspect.

During their search, officers smelled marijuana coming from a residence in the 3000 block of North Torres Avenue. Officers responded the residence and found marijuana and firearms. Officers arrested one person at the scene for drug possession, but the shooting suspect was not located.

The mayor commented on the incident. “Public Safety is my number one priority,” said Mayor Hayward.

“This incident brings to light just how dangerous police work can be. I’m thankful that Officer Mercado was not injured, and I support the police department’s efforts 100%.”

Sgt. Stephen Bauer of PPD said the suspect is wanted for attempted murder on the officer and aggravated assault.

The suspect was described as a black male, thin build and wearing dark pants and a dark jacket with a hood.

If anyone has any information about the shooting is asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at (850) 435-1900 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP. Callers can remain anonymous.

Pensacola Police plan to continue their “Violent Crime Suppression Operation” to address the recent violence in the area.

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