Calif. officer critically wounded in shooting

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Posted: Oct 23, 2011 6:57 AM
Calif. officer critically wounded in shooting

A Sacramento-area police officer was shot and critically wounded following an attempted traffic stop, and a suspect was arrested hours later, authorities say.

The officer was hit by several bullets from what police believe was a lone shooter, the Sacramento Bee reported ( http://bit.ly/mPIY4L) on its website.

The shooting came after a car and then a foot chase following the officer's attempts to pull a vehicle over in the Sacramento area around 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sacramento Police Department spokesman Sgt. Andrew Pettit said 32-year-old suspect Tyron Smith was arrested late Saturday night.

"We got him in custody," Pettit told the newspaper.

The wounded officer is a member of the Twin Rivers Police Department.

Twin Rivers police spokesman William Cho says the 25-year-old officer was in critical but stable condition after surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center.

"He has multiple serious injuries, but the doctors are optimistic he is going to make it," Cho said. His name was not released.

Police spokesmen weren't immediately available for comment early Sunday.

Police did not provide a reason for the attempted traffic stop.

Pettit said the suspect was apprehended about 11:10 p.m. without incident a few blocks from the shooting site.

Authorities had checked several "houses of interest" in the neighborhood where the shooting took place.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com