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Homewood Police officer injured, suspect killed in overnight shooting

A Homewood Police officer was in serious condition Thursday after authorities say he was shot by a runaway suspect. (Alan Baker | abc3340.com)

UPDATE (1:28 p.m.):

Homewood Police confirm the officer involved in Thursday morning's shooting is out of the hospital.

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A Homewood Police officer was in serious condition Thursday morning after police say he was shot by a suspect trying to run from him.

The officer, a two-year veteran of the department, was rushed to Grandview Medical Center in serious condition after he was struck in the upper leg. Police said later Thursday morning he was expected to make a full recovery. His name has not been made public but police officials say he is a married man in his twenties.

Homewood Police say the shooting happened around 2:00 a.m. after a pair of their officers pulled up on three men gathered outside a pair of vehicles in the parking lot of the AllSouth Appliance store near Lakeshore Parkway. Police say one of the men tried to run away from them. It was apparent the getaway attempt did not go far. After officers tried unsuccessfully to stop the man with their Tasers, they say he pulled a gun on them, striking one of the officers in the leg. The officers returned fire and killed the gunman in the parking lot. The two other men did not attempt to flee but were taken into custody. They remained at the Homewood Police Department on Thursday for questioning.

Homewood Police said Thursday the men do not appear to be involved in a string of car burglaries in the area. A police spokesman confirms the vehicles at the scene were owned by the men approached by police. ALEA, who is now handling the investigation, requested a search warrant to search the vehicles for any potential evidence. The injured officer had been part of an extra patrol in response to recent burglaries said Lt. Keith Peterson.

Story updated at 8:05 a.m.

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