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Posted by Denver Police Department on Tuesday, December 8, 2015


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A Denver police officer is in critical but stable condition after he was shot during a traffic stop. 

Officer Tony Lopez Jr., a seven-year veteran, had reportedly initiated a routine stop of a man and a woman Tuesday morning outside a liquor store. 

Lopez was reportedly hit at least five times when the male suspect opened fire just seconds into the stop.

Authorities said Lopez was able to return fire.

The suspect, who has not been identified, then fled and carjacked a separate vehicle nearby.

Police quickly caught up with him and took him into custody. He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg which was not life-threatening.

According to reports, he was wanted for a home invasion and has a lengthy record of previous arrests. 

Police are still looking for the woman in the vehicle, 40-year-old Melinda Espinosa, but said the man in the vehicle was the only gunman.

Read more on the story via Denver's FOX 31.


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