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A Littleton police officer has been hospitalized after he was shot multiple times shortly before midnight on Monday.
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Two officers had responded to a call of gunshots coming from a vehicle in the area of South Bannock Street and West Powers Avenue, according to authorities. They encountered two people who fled on foot, and one suspect entered an apartment building off West Powers Avenue.
As one of the officers chased the suspect through the entrance, the suspect turned and shot the officer multiple times with a handgun, Littleton police said. Though he had been shot, the wounded officer returned fire.
The second officer, who had been farther behind, also fired at the suspect, police said. They said they do not know if the suspect was struck.
As police searched for the suspect Tuesday morning, the wounded officer was in intensive care, in serious but stable condition, after undergoing surgery at a local hospital.
"This is yet another example of the tragedies that our officers face and the risk that they take every single night and day out there," Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens said during a news conference early Tuesday.
Police have conducted a search for the suspect in the area of Bannock and Powers and do not believe there is any current immediate threat to the community, according to Stephens.
"Folks are now free to leave their homes in the area, but we will have that area closed for quite a long time as we continue to investigate this crime," Stephens said.
Current city council candidates also offered support for the officer and the Littleton Police Department.
"All of Littleton is behind the officer," said Jon Buck, candidate for Littleton mayor.
Krista Kafer, who is running for an at-large seat, said she is hoping for a full and complete recovery for the officer.
"Over the past year, Colorado has seen a rise violent crime and we must consider proactive polices to better protect our first responders and make our communities safer for our families, residents, and employees," she said.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Littleton police at 303-794-1551.
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