SHAFTER, Calif. (KGET) — The Shafter Police Department and the City of Shafter provided an update on Officer Mathew Sanchez, who was injured in a collision on Sunday. A GoFundMe account was created for Officer Sanchez and his family “as they have a long road of recovery ahead of them.”
Sanchez was outside his patrol vehicle when a driver traveling westbound on East Lerdo Highway rear-ended the patrol vehicle, Shafter police Lt. Randy Milligan said.
Shafter Police said Officer Sanchez has undergone surgery for his injuries and is receiving treatment at a local hospital. The department thanked the community in a social media post for their “outpouring of concern and prayers for Officer Sanchez.”
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision involving the officer.
— Editor’s note: This post has been edited with updates.