AURORA, Colo. -- An Aurora police officer shot a man suspected of shoplifting after a confrontation Friday afternoon.
Police said they were notified about a shoplifting incident at a Best Buy at E. Mississippi Avenue and S. Abilene Street. Officers got a description of the shoplifter's car and saw it on Interstate 225, police said.
They pulled the car over one exit north on Alameda Avenue and began talking to the man. He's identified as 26-year-old Johnathan Steele.
While one officer was running the suspect's plates through the police computer system, another officer was standing by the right passenger door of the suspect's vehicle.
A "confrontation" happened and the officer shot Steele in the leg, said Cassidee Carlson of the Aurora Police Department.
The suspect drove away and the officer fell, hitting his head on the pavement, Carlson said.
The officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment. His injuries are not severe, police said.
Other officers found the suspect at Iliff and I-225 and took him into custody.
Steele was in jail Friday night charged with second-degree assault and vehicular eluding causing injury. Both charges are class 4 felonies. He's being held on $50,000 bond.