Mar 3, 2014 7:47 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Loveland officer shot during traffic stop

LOVELAND- Loveland police are searching for an armed suspect who shot a Loveland police officer Sunday night.

The officer is in intensive care at an area hospital.

Police found an older blue Jeep Cherokee sought in connection with the shooting, but the suspect remains on the loose.

It happened while the officer was attempting to pull over the the blue Jeep during a traffic stop at the intersection of 17th Street and North Wilson Avenue around 7:50 p.m.

Loveland Sgt. Mike Halloran said the officer shot back at the suspect and was able to radio for help.

Hospitals were alerted to be on the lookout for patients with gunshot wounds.

"It absolutely affects all of us, said Halloran. "We're out here serving the community and to be ambushed and shot while we're doing that, it's something we know that can happen, but it's hard on all of us."

Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted Loveland police in the search for who shot the officer. Police have not indicated if they are looking for multiple suspects and they have not released a description of any possible suspects.

Around 1:00 a.m. the blue Jeep was found, abandoned, near Aspen Drive and Taft Avenue, about two miles southwest from where the officer was shot.

Residents in the area of 29th and Taft Avenue have been told to stay inside their homes, as the search for the suspect continues.

Contact the Loveland police department if you spot that vehicle in the area.



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