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Dallas College El Centro police officer expected to be OK after shooting, police say

Everything was captured on body camera and an area security camera.
Credit: Matt Howerton, WFAA

Updated at 10:54 p.m. with more information from Dallas police.

Police say a Dallas College El Centro police officer was shot in downtown Dallas Thursday evening.

The incident occurred near the corner of Lamar and Elm streets around 6:30 p.m. when four El Centro officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle near campus, Dallas police said.

The officers found the suspect who owned the car and found out the suspect had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation, Dallas police said. The shooting happened when the officers tried to make an arrest and the suspect started shooting. 

Two El Centro officers were involved in the shooting, but only one officer was shot.

Dallas police say the officer’s injuries are non-life-threatening and the officer has been taken to a hospital. The suspect was also taken to a hospital and is in critical condition, police said.

Everything was captured on body camera and an area security camera.

Two officers are on leave from Dallas College Police. One is a senior field training officer. The other has been on the job for two weeks.

Several people have been detained for questioning, officials say.

The college confirmed in a statement the police officer is in stable condition Thursday evening.

"The Dallas College community is saddened to learn of an officer-involved shooting that took place near our El Centro campus this evening," the statement said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and his family during this difficult time."

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and is being handled by the Dallas Police Department.

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