UPDATE: Meridian officer shot now recovering from surgery; second suspect turns himself in


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    The Meridian Police Department says an officer who was shot following a traffic stop Sunday afternoon is out of surgery and in good condition as of Sunday night.

    People in the area were asked to stay inside and lock their doors Sunday, after two suspects drove away from the scene following the shooting, which left a man dead. Investigators say that man shot the officer twice in the legs.

    The second male suspect has since turned himself into police on unrelated charges. His name is not being released at the time, and the female suspect is still at large, however officers do not believe she is a threat to the public.

    What happened:

    Police say the traffic stop happened on South Cressida Place around 1:40 p.m. after officers located a vehicle involved with a warrant search.

    Officers say a man got out of the vehicle and ran. After a short foot pursuit , the man turned and shot the police officer twice in the legs, according to police.

    Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey says the officer was able to return fire and shot the suspect, who has since died.

    The officer was taken to Saint Alphonsus hospital had surgery to remove the two bullets and stop the bleeding.

    Officers say they recovered the suspect's gun from the scene.

    Chief Lavey said the two other people took off in a black Dodge Durango, which police located the abandoned vehicle in a car wash at Maple Grove and Overland roads.

    Dispatch says surveillance video from the car wash showed the two people get out of that vehicle and into a gold SUV of unknown make and model that then drove away.

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

    Multiple police agencies, including the FBI, responded to the scene. Chief Lavey says the FBI was at the scene investigating a mass stabbing in Boise from Saturday night and offered their assistance.

    More information will be reported as it becomes available.


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