Former Jacksonville officer shot during traffic stop

LOVELAND, Colo. -- A former member of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office SWAT team who now works as an officer in Loveland, Colo., was shot Sunday night.

Police are searching for the armed suspect who shot the officer, later identified as Officer Garret Osilka, 36. He is in the intensive care unit at an area hospital but is expected to survive.

Osilka was formerly an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office SWAT team. Director Mike Williams posted a message for Osilka on the JSO Facebook page:

Authorities searched a Loveland apartment Monday afternoon but didn't make any arrests when no one was found inside the residence. It's unclear if the person police were looking for was inside the apartment or if the suspect escaped.

Tony Serna, a woman who lives below the surrounded apartment, says two couples live above her.

A woman, claiming to live in the apartment in question, came to the scene as police were looking through the home for evidence. She was told to leave the scene.

Earlier Monday, three Loveland schools were placed on lockdown during the search.

Loveland police are searching for an armed suspect who shot a Loveland police officer Sunday night.

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

The suspect shot Osilka when the officer attempted to pull over the suspect, who was driving a blue Jeep at the intersection of 17th Street and North Wilson Avenue around 7:50 p.m.

Loveland Sgt. Mike Halloran said the officer shot back at the suspect and was able to radio for help.

Hospitals were alerted to be on the lookout for patients with gunshot wounds.

"It absolutely affects all of us," said Halloran. "We're out here serving the community. It's something we know that can happen, but it's hard on all of us."

Police have not indicated if they are looking for multiple suspects, and they have not released a description of any possible suspects.

Because police said they were looking for a suspect brazen enough to shoot a police officer, residents of this apartment complex, like Serna, are frightened.

"Are they going to stay around to make sure the suspects don't come back? Are they going to be looking out over here?" Serna questions. "I'm not going back because I live by myself, and it's scary."

Around 1 a.m. Monday, the blue Jeep was found abandoned near Aspen Drive and Taft Avenue, about two miles away from where Osilka was shot.


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