A man who opened fire on police Monday afternoon was hospitalized in critical condition after Garland Police officers returned fire, hitting him at least once, the department says.
Garland Police said the shooting happened at about 5:30 p.m. Monday during an attempted traffic stop on Jupiter Road.
The department's Lt. Richard Maldonado said a driver led police on a slow-speed chase before stopping along the 3900 block of Glenhaven Drive. It was there, Maldonado said, that the driver got out of his car and shot at the officers who then returned fire, hitting him at least once.
Maldonado added that the driver was the only person in the vehicle and that he was taken to a nearby hospital after the shooting. The two officers involved were not harmed.
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Police did not say where the man was struck or how many times he'd been shot. They have also not revealed the man's name or said why he would have avoided a traffic stop.
Sara Black was a bystander who told NBC 5 she heard the gunshots Monday afternoon.
"We were pulling up to my stepdad's house over here and my son was getting out of the car and we heard a lot of gunshots really close succession," Black said. "Immediately, there was like 30 cop cars swarming the area."
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The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. The investigation is ongoing.