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Officer shot during Santa Monica traffic stop

May 18, 2010 12:08:23 AM PDT
A veteran Santa Monica police officer is recovering in the hospital after getting shot during a traffic stop Tuesday.It was just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning when the driver of a Nissan Armada was pulled over for driving under the influence.

Seconds later police say a passenger inside the car opened fire on three Santa Monica police officers.

One of the officers was shot in the stomach.

"The suspect that was unknown if he was struck in that initial gun fire, ran into the neighborhood behind me where he was hiding," Santa Monica Police chief Tim Jackman said.

For more than three hours SWAT officers scoured the neighborhood near Lincoln and Pico Blvds. searching for the suspect.

Authorities say he was hiding just a few blocks away.

"One of our K-9 officers located the suspect," Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Trisler said. "Officers engaged with the suspect. The suspect was shot and he's been taken to a local hospital."

The Santa Monica police officer and the suspect shot are both expected to survive. They're names have not yet been released.

People out here still shocked to hear something like this happened in what is considered quiet neighborhood.

"It's pretty calm, it's a pretty calm area," resident Louis Salgado said. "He just pulled this guy over and the passenger just went haywire."

The officer who was shot is a 16 year veteran with Santa Monica Police Department and authorities say he is expected to survive.

The driver of the SUV was cited for DUI.


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