A woman was fatally shot and an officer wounded in a shootout that followed a traffic stop in Farmers Branch Tuesday night, police say.
According to police, an officer pulled over a vehicle in the 2800 block of Valley View Lane at about 11:30 p.m.
Police said the officer approached the vehicle and spoke to the driver who was cooperative. During the stop, police said the officer asked the woman in the passenger seat to get out of the car.
Police said she got out, pulled a handgun and shot the officer in the chest. The officer, who was wearing a bullet proof vest, was not seriously wounded.
A police spokesman confirmed the officer returned fire, fatally striking the woman. She died at Parkland Hospital. The Medical Examiner's Office identified the woman as 38-year-old Brooke Amelia Camacho.
"It affects everyone. It could've been any one of us at any one time," said Farmers Branch Police spokesman Officer Kris Garrett. "There is no routine traffic stop."
The officer was also transported to Parkland Hospital and was later released. Police credited the officer's bullet-proof vest for saving his life.
"Even if you do get shot in a bulletproof vest, it still hurts. It's not going to penetrate, but it's still going to hurt," said Garrett. "You're still going to have a lot of pain there for quite some time."
Police are not releasing the officer's name, but say he has been with the force for two years.
Police believe the male driver and woman were friends. Police said the man was cooperating with investigators – he was questioned and released, no charges have been filed against him.
Police said it was not known how many shots were fired between the officer and the woman, but a nearby resident remembers hearing at least three shots fired.
The officer was wearing a body camera and there is dash camera video. NBC 5 requested the videos, but police said neither would be released at this time.
Per department policy, the officer is on routine paid administrative leave as internal affairs and district attorney's office investigate the shooting.