Police seek suspect in shooting of DPS task force officer

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Peoria police are still searching for a suspect involved in the shooting of a Department of Public Safety task force officer April 8.

Police believe Edgar Angel Tapia-Rios, 33, is responsible for the shooting that injured an investigator with the Attorney General's Office, who was assigned to the task force.

The officer had been trailing several cars believed to be involved in drug trafficking when the suspects apparently realized they were being followed.

Fernando Torres-Hernandez, 35, reportedly rammed the undercover officer's car with his pickup truck. According to police, a gold Chrysler Pacifica driven by Tapia-Rios pulled up next to the officer and fired at least one shot.

DPS officials said the officer was shot in the shoulder and the bullet lodged in his neck. He was treated and released from a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Police arrested Torres-Hernandez for aggravated assault. He remains in custody.

Police are still searching for Tapia-Rios. He is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 185 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police released photos of Tapia-Rios and are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Peoria tip line at 623-773-7045 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.