AURORA, Colo. — An Aurora police officer who was shot during a traffic stop at East 17th Avenue and Fulton Street late Friday night is expected to survive, the Aurora Police Department said Saturday.
The officer was rushed to University Hospital and underwent surgery, APD said. He was in serious but stable condition Saturday afternoon.
The shooting happened about 9:05 p.m. when two uniformed patrol officers made a traffic stop on Fulton Street, APD said. As the officers approached the suspect car, the driver fired several shots at them and sped off. One officer was hit, and the other officer returned fire.
It was not known whether the suspect was wounded.
The suspect car was found abandoned two blocks away at East 19th Avenue and Fulton street. The vehicle had recently been reported stolen, having been left running by a resident in the area.
There was a large police response as officers started looking for a gunman. Denver Police also sent officers to assist Aurora Police with suspect search and to help set up a perimeter.
The search continued until 1:45 a.m., at which time the perimeter was dissolved. Investigators were still working in the area on Saturday.
No information about the suspect was available.