Driver strikes and injures DPS trooper, who shot and injured a suspect

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PHOENIX, AZ – An Arizona State trooper shot and injured a fleeing suspect after the vehicle she was in struck him, in an incident that sent both the trooper and the suspect to the hospital.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred on northbound I-17, near Cactus Road, at about 3 a.m. Saturday. The driver of a gray sedan reportedly ran a red light at a speed of over 100 mph and then lost control of the sedan, which spun out.

The driver then fled the scene on foot, pursued by a trooper, also on foot.

The trooper was then struck by the driver of a white Chevrolet Tahoe.

The suspect he had been pursuing then climbed into the Tahoe, which headed eastbound on Cactus. The trooper fired his weapon at the fleeing driver in what DPS states was fear for his life.

The vehicle was located later, and a woman in her late teens was taken to the hospital with serious gunshot injuries. The driver of the sedan was not immediately located.

As of Monday, the woman remained in the hospital.

The trooper was taken to the hospital with non-critical wounds, and has since been released.

The identities of the trooper and suspects were not immediately released.