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Highway patrol trooper shot in southern Missouri

Highway patrol trooper shot in southern Missouri
Posted at 2:46 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 17:08:21-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper is hospitalized after being shot Wednesday morning near Mansfield in southern Missouri.

The trooper was responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle along a county road north of Mansfield, which is about an hour east of Springfield, Missouri, in Wright County.

The suspected shooter opened fire on the trooper and also was shot during the exchange of gunfire.

The trooper was hits by two shots — one in the side, which was stopped by the bulletproof vest, and another in the head. He suffered only a grazing wound, which put a hole in his hat, according to Troop G Sgt. Jeff Kinder.

The officer was taken to a Springfield hospital for treatment. Kinder said one person was in custody.

The suspect also is hospitalized in Springfield. Kinder said he's in critical condition.