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Metro Police officer in surgery after being shot


A Louisville Metro Police officer is undergoing surgery after being wounded Dec. 7 in a shooting in the Portland neighborhood. The shooting was reported at 9:43 p.m. at 31st Street and Portland Avenue.

According to Chief Robert White, the two First Division officers were working a burglary detail in the Portland area around 9:40 p.m. when they got about a man walking north on 33rd Street with a gun in his hand. At 31st and Portland, the officers pulled up to the man in their car and the suspect opened fire on them.

White said the officer wounded was shot in the back and had not yet gotten out of the car. His partner returned fire, but did not hit the suspect, who was captured a short distance from the shooting scene. The gun, a 9 mm, was recovered.

With a police escort to block intersections, the officer was rushed by Metro EMS to University Hospital. As of 11:30 p.m., the officer was undergoing surgery.

White would not identify the officer, but said he talked to him before he was taken to surgery and the officer was doing well and was in good spirits. After briefing reporters, was returned to University Hospital to be with the officer's family.

The name of the suspect has not been released.