LEXINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - An award-winning state trooper shot and killed a man who shot and wounded him first during a stop Wednesday evening on Interstate 40 in Henderson County, the Highway Patrol said.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals said Trooper Dwayne Stanford, 27, was taken to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital where he was in stable condition with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Donnals said the trooper pulled over a car on westbound I-40 because the vehicle fit the description of one carrying a suspect in another case.
Stanford placed the woman under arrest, took her to his cruiser and was then shot by a man in the car, Donnals said. The trooper then returned fire, she said.
The woman was not hurt.
Donnals said the trooper was shot in the chest but was wearing a bulletproof vest which seems to have kept him from being more seriously hurt. The identities of the man and woman were not released.
Stanford has been a state trooper since 2007. He was named trooper of the year in 2010 for locating a suspect within 20 minutes, making an arrest and preserving potential evidence. He was also recognized for drunken driving enforcement with 30 arrests.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was reviewing the shooting that happened east of Jackson.
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