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Suspect in custody after shooting police officer during routine traffic stop

A police officer was shot and injured Saturday night in Fort Myers, Florida, and the suspect who pulled the trigger was in custody, the News-Press reports.

The unidentified officer was in stable condition Sunday morning after undergoing surgery, but the extent of his injuries has been publicly released. The suspect, whose identity also has not been released, was injured in the incident, according to FOX 4.

Police scanner chatter began around 7:30 p.m. Saturday with radio calls of an “officer down.”

“We do have a seriously injured officer,” police spokesman Mitch Haley told the television station. “We are still attempting to try and get a hold of people that are in his family.”

Fort Myers Mayor Randall Henderson was in North Carolina when the shooting occurred. He told the newspaper that he was thinking of the wounded law enforcement officer.

“We’re holding our breath while he struggles for his life,” the mayor said.

The shooting happened by a gas station and police shut down traffic in the area as they investigated.

In a tweet, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said all resources would be available to police officers who need help dealing with the incident. He gave praise to them for what he called “unimaginable sacrifices.”

“Our law enforcement makes unimaginable sacrifices every day to keep our families and communities safe,” Scott said. “We are praying for the brave officer shot tonight.”

The shooting happened around the same time of the 10th anniversary of the death of Fort Myers Police Officer Andrew Widman, who was gunned down on July 18, 2008, according to the newspaper.

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