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Phoenix police officer shot during traffic stop

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Posted at 8:47 AM, Sep 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-16 08:47:57-04

(CNN) — A Phoenix police officer was shot and seriously injured while making a traffic stop early Wednesday, and the shooter or shooters are on the loose, city police said.

The officer was shot more than once shortly after initiating a traffic stop in central Phoenix around 2:45 a.m., near the intersection of 12th Street and Campbell Avenue, Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said.

“Thank goodness he was wearing his (body armor) vest,” Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner told reporters, adding that rounds struck the armor.

The officer, whose name wasn’t released, was at a hospital in serious condition Wednesday morning but is expected to recover, police said.

Police said the shooter or shooters fled, but the vehicle involved in the traffic stop was found abandoned nearby.

Yahner didn’t say what the traffic stop was for, or what might have led to the shooting. He said investigators were tracking down leads; no suspects were immediately named.

Howard said investigators have no information linking Wednesday’s shooting to a series of shootings at vehicles along Interstate 10 in downtown Phoenix and elsewhere in the Arizona capital.