- Associated Press - Saturday, January 3, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police say an officer who pulled over a suspected drunken driver was shot during the overnight traffic stop, and a search is underway for the gunman.

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden told reporters the officer was shot around 2:30 a.m. Saturday after the motorist got out of the vehicle and began shooting.

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says the officer was shot twice but was able to return fire. It’s unknown if the gunman was struck. Tixier says the gunman fled on foot.

Another police spokesman, Simon Drobik, says the officer underwent surgery Saturday afternoon and was recovering.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has offered a $7,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Police say the officer is a 30-year veteran of the force.

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