Officer shot, wounded during mid-Michigan traffic stop

Published 01-22-2019

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KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a police officer has been shot and wounded during a traffic stop in mid-Michigan.

Saginaw Township police Chief Don Pussehl says the Saginaw Township officer stopped a motorist about 2 a.m. Tuesday in Saginaw County's Kochville Township and the driver shot him in the face and shoulder as he approached the vehicle. Pussehl says Officer Jeff Koenig, a 16-year veteran of the force, radioed for help after the shooting and was in stable condition.

Pussehl says police are searching for the motorist, who fled. They say the 29-year-old man was driving a stolen pickup truck that was later recovered.

Police asked drivers to avoid the area where the shooting took place, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, and sought tips from the public on the investigation.

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