Man Who Shot MVPD Officer Charged with Attempted Murder

For release on July 20, 2022

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Man Who Shot MVPD Officer Charged with Attempted Murder

A 39-year-old transient has been charged with attempted murder after he shot a Mountain View police officer at point blank range during a routine traffic stop.

Jeffrey Choy was wanted for failing to appear for court on a felony gun charge.  He shot the officer from a foot away with an illegal handgun after he was pulled over.

The officer suffered a bullet wound to his left forearm which exited his arm. A bullet lodged in the officer’s bullet proof vest saving him from a second injury in the shoulder. After being shot, the officer crawled back to his vehicle and called in a description of the shooter.

Choy was arraigned today in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He was remanded without bail and faces life in prison, if convicted.

“An officer who was trying to make sure there weren’t drunk drivers in Mountain View was almost killed the other night,” DA Jeff Rosen said. “It’s outrageous. If it wasn’t for luck, reflexes, and the officer’s vest, this would be a murder. We will do everything in our power to make sure this person can never hurt anyone else again.”

About 12:38 a.m., on July 16, the officer initiated a traffic stop on a gold Ford Explorer traveling westbound on Villa St. at Hope St. in Mountain View when he observed the car fail to stop at a stop sign and a traffic light.  As the officer approached the window, the driver pointed a semi-automatic handgun out of the driver’s side window and fired two rounds.

After shooting the officer, Choy fled the scene then crashed his car into a parked car a few minutes later on Higdon Street. Choy abandoned his car and fled on foot.

Choy’s face and a semi-automatic handgun can be seen in the video from the officer’s body worn camera.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the Bay Area and beyond helped to search for the defendant. He was located in Fremont and arrested on July 17th.
 

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