Shooting occurred on Friday afternoon while officers were on patrol. Director Shaun Ferguson told reporters that the police had not contacted the suspect before he opened fire on their car.
An officer, a four-year veteran, was hit in the left cheek, just below his eye. He is in serious and stable condition. Ferguson said the bullet was in his skull at a press conference near the scene.
The remaining officer, a 16-year veteran, suffered a slight scratch. Both were brought to the hospital by officers to the scene. The officer shot, Ferguson said, reacted promptly and was able to enter the hospital.
“This is a dark day for our officers, so I ask you to keep our officers and their families in your prayers,”; he said.
The director said the suspect was detained without incident and taken to hospital. Ferguson added that the man, who was not identified, “appeared to be in some sort of medical condition.”
He was not injured by the police, Ferguson said. A gun was found on the ground at the scene and the suspect is wearing a holster, the proctor said.
One resident, he added, helped treat the injured officer.
“A retired veteran with medical experience was working in a nearby store and helping to give our officers medical treatment until other officers arrived on the scene,” he said.
“We would also like to commend the citizens who personally pointed out when the officers responded to this call,” he added.