Littleton, CO – A manhunt is underway for the gunman accused of shooting a Littleton police officer early Tuesday morning.
Rigoberto “Rigo” Valles Dominguez, 33, is wanted on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer in connection with the Sept. 21 shooting of Littleton Police Officer David Snook, Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens said during a press conference on Wednesday.
Dominguez is described as a Hispanic male who stands five feet, five inches tall and weighs 190 pounds.
He has brown eyes and short, buzz-cut brown hair, Chief Stephens said.
Dominguez also has multiple tattoos, including a skull on his right forearm and a saint on his left forearm.
He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous, according to the chief.
Investigators also believe he carjacked a sand-gray 2002 Ford Explorer just blocks away from the scene of the shooting about 12 hours after the confrontation, Chief Stephens said.
The stolen vehicle’s license plate is AGMD94.
It also has a smashed driver’s window, according to the chief.
Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens updated the community and the media this afternoon on the latest developments in the attempted murder of two Littleton Police Officers. The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Rigoberto Valles Dominguez. He is a Hispanic male. pic.twitter.com/nczmvuQl4E
— Littleton, Colorado (@CityofLittleton) September 22, 2021
The incident occurred just after midnight in the area of West Powers Avenue and South Bannock Street, after police received a report of someone shooting from a vehicle, Chief Stephens told reporters earlier in the week.
Officer Snook and Corporal Jeff Farmer responded to the area and spotted a car that matched the description of the suspect vehicle.
As the officers approached, Dominguez took off on foot, leading to a chase.
Dominguez was running into an apartment complex on West Powers Avenue when he turned and opened fire on Officer Snook, who was behind him, according to Chief Stephens.
The officer was struck multiple times in his torso, leg, and arm, suffering “severe injuries,” but he and Cpl. Farmer were both able to return fire, the chief told reporters.
“Despite the great danger, [Cpl.] Farmer was able to pull Officer Snook out of the line of fire to a safer position,” Chief Stephens said. “Simultaneously, another officer arrived on scene and assisted [Cpl.] Farmer in getting Officer Snook into a police vehicle for immediate transport to the hospital.”
The injured officer was rushed into emergency surgery.
Officer Snook, a 13-year department veteran, is currently in stable condition in the intensive care unit, according to the chief.
He is a married father of three.
Cpl. Farmer suffered a knee injury during the rescue and is recovering at home.
He has been with the Littleton Police Department for 15 years, and is also a husband and father.
It is unknown if Dominguez was hit during the shootout with the officers.
“Unfortunately, during this emergency rescue and evacuation of the officer, the suspect escaped and has not yet been located,” Chief Stephens said.
The chief described Dominguez as a “coward” and said area law enforcement officers are committed to locating him and taking him into custody.
He praised hospital staff for the care his officers have received and said he is thankful for the assistance of area law enforcement partners.
“I cannot express how proud I am of the heroic actions of these officers as well as all the men and women of our department who did not hesitate to take action to keep our community safe,” Chief Stephens said.
He encouraged anyone who has any information about Dominguez, the shooting, or the armed carjacking to contact police immediately.
A reward of up to $10,000 is also being offered for information leading to Dominguez’s arrest.