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Santa Monica police officer shot and wounded; suspected gunman hospitalized

May 18, 2010 |  7:24 am

A Santa Monica police officer was shot and wounded during a traffic stop early Tuesday, and police located and shot the suspected gunman after an hours-long search, authorities said.

The officer was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the stomach, police said.

Officers pulled over a suspected drunk driver at Pico and Lincoln boulevards about 1:40 a.m. when a passenger jumped out of the vehicle and opened fire, said Santa Monica Police Lt. Darrell Lowe.

Officers returned fire as the suspect fled on foot, he said.

Police were able to arrest the driver, but the gunman eluded police for several hours. Officers converged on the area to search for the suspect.

When officers found the suspect in the area about 5:10 a.m., they exchanged gunfire with him, wounding him and sending him to the hospital, police said.

-- Tony Barboza

Photo: An investigator walks past the broken rear window of a Santa Monica Police Department patrol car after a Santa Monica Police Department officer was shot by a gunman during a routine traffic stop. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times