Garrett Osilka
Loveland police officer Garrett Osilka (Loveland Police Dept. )

Loveland police continued their search Monday for the gunman who shot an officer during a traffic stop Sunday night. The suspect remains at large.

Tips led authorities to an apartment complex at 348 Teri Drive, which prompted the lockdown of three area schools — Sarah Milner Elementary School, Walt Clark Middle School and Thompson Valley High School.

Authorities warned those nearby to stay indoors, and police used an armored vehicle to move people away from the immediate area before a SWAT team entered the home, police said. But there was no one inside.

After being locked down for less than an hour, the schools were dismissed on a regular schedule, officials said.

Officers were processing the apartment unit Monday night.

Loveland officer Garret Osilka, 36, was shot about 8 p.m. Sunday while conducting a traffic stop near North Wilson Avenue and 17th Street, police said.

It is unclear how many people were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Osilka returned fire during the altercation, but it is unclear if any suspects were shot, police said.

More than 10,000 emergency notifications were sent out to western Loveland and southern Fort Collins, police said.

Osilka remains in intensive care but is expected to survive his wounds, police said.

Authorities found the suspect's car abandoned about 1 a.m. Monday 2 miles away in the area of North Taft Avenue and Aspen Drive, police said.


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The Larimer County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado State Patrol are assisting with the investigation.

Larimer Crime Stoppers reported Monday that the reward for information on the suspect had increased to $5,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call 970-962-2032.

Ryan Parker: 303-954-2409, rparker@denverpost.com or twitter.com/ryanparkerdp