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Gladstone Police: Wounded officer out of surgery, expected to make full recovery

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GLADSTONE, Mo. -- A Gladstone police officer shot during a traffic stop Sunday night is out of surgery Monday and expected to make a full recovery, police say.

According to Kari Thompson with the Kansas City Police Department, which is conducting the investigation, a Gladstone officer stopped a vehicle Sunday around 10:34 p.m., for a traffic violation at Vivion Road and U.S. 169. Police say the passenger ran from the vehicle and Gladstone officers pursued the suspect on foot.

As officers attempted to take the suspect into custody a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the suspect displayed a handgun, shots were fired and the suspect,who is described as a man in his late teens, was fatally wounded.

A Gladstone officer was also shot, but sustained non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Gladstone police tweeted Monday morning that the officer was out of surgery and is expected to make a full recovery following rehab. The police department also thanked everyone for their prayers.

The driver of the vehicle stopped for the traffic violation was taken into custody, but was later questioned and released.

The Gladstone officer was among four shot nationwide Sunday.