Search continues for suspect(s) who shot Loveland Police officer Garret Osilka

LOVELAND, Colo. - A Loveland officer remained in ICU Tuesday morning, recovering from a gunfight on Sunday.

Patrol and SWAT team officer Garret Osilka made a traffic stop Sunday at about 7:48 p.m., investigators said.

"Shortly thereafter, the officer called over his radio that shots had been fired," Loveland Police said.

Officers who responded to help Osilka found that he had been shot. Osilka said after being shot, he returned fire, possibly injuring the suspect.

Loveland Police said that during the incident, Osilka had an adult observer riding with him.  The observer was not injured.

-- Search for a gunman

Loveland Police said officers searched the area Sunday, but the suspect got away.

Monday at 1 a.m., Loveland officers found what is believed to be the suspect vehicle abandoned in the area of Aspen Drive and Taft Avenue.

Monday afternoon, detectives obtained a search warrant for 348 Teri Drive #5 in Loveland, but when they went inside, the residence was unoccupied.

"Is there a public safety concern right now?" 7NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger asked authorities.

"Of course. We have a suspect at large that shot a police officer last night. There is a public safety concern," said Lt. Rick Arnold, Loveland PD.

Anyone who has information related to this case is asked to call the tipline at 970-962-2032.

The reward for information about the shooter has increased to $5,000.

-- Officer Osilka

Osilka is married and the father of three children. 

Officer Osilka served approximately 8 years as an officer in Jacksonville, Florida, before coming to the Loveland Police Department in June 2012.

Although Osilka’s injuries are serious, he has been able to communicate with his family and is expected to survive, the Loveland Police Department said.

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