A Phoenix police officer was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a man who led police on a cross-city pursuit Wednesday night, police said. The man also was shot and wounded by police in the gunfire, said Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune.

The incident began about 7:40 p.m. with a traffic stop when police exchanged gunfire at a person inside the vehicle, she said.

From there, police pursued the vehicle east through Phoenix, guided by a police helicopter. The vehicle was disabled with a spike strip, AZCentral reports.

At that point, more gunfire was exchanged between the man and police, who ended up shooting the man, Fortune said. The man also shot one of the Phoenix officers, who was wounded but likely was saved by his protective vest, Fortune said.

The officer’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. The suspect was not identified but is in police custody at a hospital, where he is in serious condition, Fortune said.


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