Traffic stop leads to shots fired in Denver; suspect sought

DENVER -- A traffic stop led to shots fired on Saturday night, the Denver Police Department said.

It happened about 6:20 p.m. in the 200 block of Stuart Street.

When officers stopped a vehicle in traffic, the driver got out of the car and ran, police said. One officer chased the suspect and the two exchanged gunfire.

A passenger in the suspect vehicle remained at the scene with a second officer. The passenger is in custody though it's unclear if they are cooperating with the investigation.

Neither officer was injured and it's unknown if the suspect was struck because he managed to elude the officer and is on the run.

The reason for the traffic stop was not released.

A reverse emergency notification call was sent to nearby residents, warning them to stay in their homes.

A helicopter was combing the area and a SWAT team as well as K-9 units have been called in to assist with the search, according to authorities.

Police are searching for a Hispanic man, 5-foot-8 who was wearing a dark-colored hoodie with a dark design.

Anyone who sees the suspect is asked to call 911.

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