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Officer wounded, suspect dead after shooting in Arlington, police say

An Arlington police officer was recovering at a hospital and a suspect was dead after a shooting during a traffic stop Friday night, Arlington police said.

Police were working a “critical incident” in the 1700 block of W. Randol Mill Rd., according to the Arlington police department.

An officer was hit by gunfire and taken to the hospital, police said. A suspect was also struck and died at a hospital, the department said in a news release.

Police said an officer pulled over a four-door sedan occupied by a female driver and three men for a traffic violation at 10:09 p.m. The officer called for backup and told the female driver to get out of the car. One of the backup officers started dealing with her.

Another backup officer went to the passenger side of the car and ordered the man in the front passenger seat to get out. When he got out, he started running through the parking lot, police said.

Two of the officers chased the man, who pulled out a gun and shot at them. He hit the backup officer, police said. The other officer shot back at the suspect, wounding him, police said in a written statement posted on Twitter.

Both the wounded officer and the suspect were taken to the hospital. The suspect was later pronounced dead, police said in the release. The Tarrant County medical examiner will release his identity once his family has been notified.

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson reported he was at the hospital with the injured officer Friday night and that the officer was receiving “excellent care.”

Just after noon on Saturday, he sent out a tweet thanking the community for its support and well wishes and saying of the wounded officer: “He continues to receive outstanding care and is surrounded by family and friends.”

Police said the other three occupants in the car have been cooperating with authorities and were released.

The shooting took place in a plaza that includes businesses such as Tom Thumb, Pet Supermarket and Starbucks.

Several businesses in the plaza said Saturday they either could not talk about the shooting or did not know about it.

A manager inside Tom Thumb said he had no comment. Another manager said employees had been instructed not to talk to anyone about the shooting.

A manager at Pet Supermarket said he did not know anything had happened until Saturday morning, when he found police tape inside his trashcan outside.

Lauren, an employee at a business in the plaza, took a video of the aftermath of the shooting. She said she heard gunshots Friday night and when she went outside, she saw numerous police cars and ambulances in the parking lot.

She said she could not disclose her last name or where she worked.

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Kaley Johnson is a breaking news and enterprise reporter. She majored in investigative reporting at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has a passion for bringing readers in-depth, complex stories that will impact their lives. Send your tips via email or Twitter.
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