A Kansas City, Kan. police officer was in critical condition after being shot Tuesday afternoon as the city’s police chief called for prayers on social media.
Chief Terry Zeigler tweeted news of the shooting just after 2 p.m. local time.
We have an officer shot at 22nd & Haskell. Start prayers, unknown condition.
— KCKPD (@KCKPDChief) July 19, 2016
The police department later confirmed the officer was in critical condition.
According to the police statement, officers were originally called to the scene at around 1:35 p.m. after a 911 caller reported that at least three people were shooting at him from a vehicle. The suspects fled when officers arrived, and one of them was arrested at the scene.
The unidentified officer was shot approximately 20 minutes after the initial call, while trying to make contact with a second suspect.
The Kansas City Star reported that police swarmed the area where the shooting took place, some of them holding rifles. Several officers took cover behind cars.
The injured officer’s car was in the middle of the street, police spokesman Cameron Morgan said.
“There’s glass and blood all around it,” Morgan said.
The paper also reported that police were gathering at the hospital where the officer had been taken. The report described one female officer walking to her car in tears.
Tuesday marked the second time this year that a Kansas City, Kan., police officer had been shot in the line of duty. Detective Brad Lancaster, 39, was shot and killed near Kansas Speedway during a violent crime spree on May 9.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.