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Suspect Angel Padilla (Photo: Phoenix police)

PHOENIX - Phoenix police say a man who had just kidnapped his estranged female partner opened fire on an officer but only hit a patrol car.

Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Martos says 35-year-old Angel Padilla dragged his estranged partner from her home and drove away with her early Saturday. A patrol officer saw Padilla's vehicle run a stop sign and tried to get it to stop not knowing a kidnapping was under way.

Sgt. Steve Martos with Phoenix police said at exactly the same time the officer made the traffic stop, 911 calls came in to the dispatch about the kidnapping.

"He was unaware of the kidnapping or who else was in the vehicle, but when that suspect fired upon that officer the female victim was still in the vehicle with him," Martos said.

Martos says Padilla stopped, got out with an assault-style rifle and fired repeatedly at the patrol car. The officer took cover and wasn't seriously hurt but the windshield, door, hood and tires of the car were hit.

Padilla later released the woman but police have not been able to locate him.

Police said Padilla was involved in at least four home invasions, including one that left a victim in critical condition, before he allegedly fired at the cruiser.

Silent Witness is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to Padilla's location and arrest.

KTAR's newsroom contributed to this report

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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