Nevada cops search for man who shot deputy

Authorities say the 43-year-old suspect is armed and dangerous


Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Rural Nevada deputies are searching for a gunman who opened fire on police, leaving a deputy critically injured.

KRNV-TV reports the Elko County sheriff's office is searching for 43-year-old Peter Coca. They say he's armed and dangerous.

Officials in the northeastern Nevada county say deputies found Coca holding a rifle on the roof of a house at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday and he fired 25 to 30 shots. Deputies returned fire.

They say Coca shot Deputy Lenwood VanNatter multiple times in the chest, hip and legs. VanNatter was taken to the University of Utah hospital, where he underwent surgery.

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