Suspect killed after shooting Columbia cop this morning

COLUMBIA -- A police officer has been shot and wounded and a suspect is dead after a traffic stop in a Columbia neighborhood.

 

Chief Randy Scott says the suspect was shot after he opened fire on officers just before 5 a.m.

Police spokesman Brick Lewis says the officer and his partner had stopped a sport utility vehicle and were walking toward it when someone inside fired a gun.

The SUV sped off to a home several blocks away. Lewis said officers coaxed the suspect out of the house and shot and killed him after he opened fire on them with an AK-47.

Lewis says the officer's bullet-proof vest stopped the bullet, and he is being treated at a hospital.

The names of the officer and the suspect have not been released.

 

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