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Saturday, 11 April 2009
Monterey County Sheriff's deputy has been released from a Bay Area trauma center after police say a known gang member attempted to kill him.Salinas Police report that just before 8 p.m. Friday, a deputy and a Salinas police officer assigned to the Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force attempted to contact Raymond Campos, a known gang member, in the parking lot of 57 Natividad Road, Salinas.
While the officers were approaching, police say, Campos accelerated his vehicle backwards, knocking the deputy to the ground.
Campos then accelerated forward and the Salinas police officer fired his handgun to protect himself and his injured partner, police said. Campos fled in his vehicle, which police said was located minutes later abandoned in the area of Highway 101 and Market Street. Campos escaped and is wanted for attempted murder of a police officer. The deputy was flown to a Bay Area hospital, where he was treated for a broken collarbone and separated shoulder before being released.