A man who looked like a suspect from an earlier robbery shot at an Indio police officer and the officer shot back, wounding him, a police official said.
An Indio police officer was patrolling the area of Highway 111 and Madison Street about 8 a.m. today when he saw a man at a Circle K convenience store who matched the description of a suspect from an earlier robbery in the city.
The officer tried to get the man’s attention and they ended up near the loading dock at a Stater Bros. across the street, Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron said.
“The officer made contact with the suspect, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot at the officer, the officer shot back,” Guitron said.
The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment, Guitron didn’t have details on where he was shot or his condition.
The officer wasn’t hurt, he said.
The officer would be put on paid leave pending an administrative review, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would investigate, Guitron said.
Highway 111 north of Madison was closed for the investigation.