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Officer injured in Newport News shootout released

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Police say an officer involved in a Newport News shooting Wednesday evening has been treated and released from a hospital.


According to Harold Eley with the Newport News Police Department, the shooting stemmed from a stop just before 7 p.m. at the Interstate 664 overpass near 35th Street and Madison Avenue.


"Somewhere during that traffic stop, shots were fired," Eley said.


The officer and a suspect exchanged gunfire and both suffered non-life threatening injuries. The officer was treated for facial wounds from a gunshot and released from Riverside Regional Medical Center within hours of the shooting.


Other officers pulled the suspect over between Marshall Avenue and Madison Avenue.


"We don't know at this time why this scene moved from 664 to this location," Eley said.


Eley said four officers who were at the scene have been placed on administrative leave with pay and it is unknown if those officers fired their weapons during the incident.


According to Eley, the injured officer is part of the department's organized crime unit, was wearing plain clothes and was in an unmarked vehicle at the time of the incident.


It is not yet clear if the stop was a regular traffic stop or related to the crime unit.


Police Chief James Fox was on scene the scene of the incident Wednesday evening.


"We're a family and it's important that we be a family," Eley said.


Thursday morning, another officer read an email from the injured officer. The injured officer, whose name has not been released, said "I just wanted everyone to know I am safe, very alive and so very thankful that God watched over all of us tonight."

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