- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

LAS VEGAS — A veteran Las Vegas police officer was wounded by a high-powered rifle and two suspects were injured and arrested after a backyard prowler call, a pre-dawn shootout and a door-to-door search, authorities said Friday.

The wounded officer and a suspect believed to be in his 20s who was bitten by a police dog were hospitalized after the exchange of gunfire, which happened about 4 a.m. at a home about 5 miles west of downtown Las Vegas, Sgt. John Sheahan said.

The injured officer, a married father and 14-year police veteran, was taken to surgery at University Medical Center with a wound to the upper leg, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. He was expected to recover.

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The unnamed suspect was being treated for head and arm injuries, Sheahan said. His condition wasn’t immediately made public.

Officers locked down a wide area including homes and stores in a commercial corridor of Rainbow Boulevard south of the U.S. 95 freeway for a door-to-door search using police dogs, SWAT and patrol officers, and a helicopter. The cordon snarled the morning commute for many in the northwest part of the city.

The cordon was lifted about 7:30 a.m. after a man in his 20s was found with a leg injury in a commercial center and arrested, Sheahan said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the man’s injury was a gunshot, dog bite or other wound, Sheahan said. He was also being treated at UMC.

Sheahan said police were investigating whether a third person fled as police arrived for the initial call.

A 911 call about 3:45 a.m. reported two prowlers in the backyard of a home, Sheahan said. The people inside feared a home invasion and heard a knock on the front door before police arrived.

Sheahan said arriving officers exchanged gunfire with two armed suspects, and police later recovered “more than one” weapon, including an assault-style rifle.

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