- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

KIRBY, Texas (AP) - Authorities say an off-duty state trooper was shot when he struggled with an intruder at the trooper’s home near San Antonio.

The unidentified trooper with the state Department of Public Safety discovered someone in his yard late Thursday night and retrieved his service weapon and put on a protective vest before confronting the intruder.

Authorities say the trooper was attacked as he went outside and the suspect tried to gain entry to the home in Kirby, northeast of San Antonio.

The trooper’s firearm discharged during the struggle and he was struck by the bullet, but protected by the vest.

He was taken to a hospital for observation.

The suspect fled the home on foot and authorities continue to search for him.

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