OHP: Trooper shot while making a traffic stop, suspect in custody

OHP units can be seen in Woodward near the area where a trooper was shot after making a traffic stop on Sunday, August 26, 2018 (Anthony West / KOKH)

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper has been injured after making a traffic stop in Woodward early Sunday morning.

OHP reports the trooper was shot and has been taken to a hospital in Oklahoma City. There is no word on his condition at this time.

The shooting happened when the trooper tried to stop a driver for a seat belt violation, the driver at first didn't stop, then stopped in the parking lot of a hotel, according to a release from OHP.

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After the stop, the release said, the driver "engaged the trooper in gunfire and the trooper responded." The driver then fled and the trooper pursued to a residence where it was thought the driver was barricaded.

The OHP Tactical Team was dispatched to the scene and discovered the driver had left the home. A search for the suspect was conducted and OHP is reporting he was taken into custody a half a mile away about 9:20 a.m.

Police say the suspect, who has been identified as Arturo Ramirez, was shot in the hand and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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