ARLINGTON, Texas – A police officer was hospitalized late Friday night after being shot during a traffic stop in Arlington, Texas, authorities said.
The suspect was also shot during the confrontation, and later died at a local hospital, Arlington police disclosed in a Twitter message.
News Release on Officer-Involved Shooting. Officer is receiving treatment after being shot during a traffic stop. Suspect was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital. pic.twitter.com/APM47qHyr5
— Arlington Police, TX (@ArlingtonPD) January 12, 2019
Although the unnamed officer remained hospitalized, there were no immediate details about the his medical condition, reported Fox 4.
Arlington police Chief Will Johnson tweeted that he was at the hospital where the wounded officer was taken. The chief said the officer was receiving “excellent care” and asked the community to “Keep our team and family in your thoughts and prayers.”
I am at the hospital with our @ArlingtonPD Officer who was shot tonight during traffic stop. I have spoken to our officer and they are receiving excellent care. Keep our team and family in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/kWapkxzoj4
— Will Johnson (@ArlingtonChief) January 12, 2019
The shootout occurred around 10 p.m. in Arlington, outside Dallas, FOX 4 of Dallas-Forth Worth reported.
Reports indicate the officer initiated a vehicle stop. The driver pulled into the parking lot of a shopping center, KXAS-TV of Dallas-Fort Worth reported. When the officer saw four people inside the car, he called for backup, the report said.
After other officers arrived, one occupant of the suspect vehicle exited the automobile and ran toward a store, KXAS reported. It was that suspect who then fired at pursuing officers on foot, wounding one, the station reported.
As a result, officers returned fire and the suspect was wounded, and later died at the hospital, police said.
It was unclear what prompted the officer to initiate the traffic stop. Police said the other occupants of the vehicle were later questioned and released.