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March 12, 2012
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Mo. trooper shot during traffic stop

Suspect who fired from passenger seat was killed when troopers returned fire

By PoliceOne Staff

NEW MADRID COUNTY, Mo. — A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper is expected to make a full recovery after being injured in a weekend shootout, police said.

Cpl. Shane Stewart was injured when he and another trooper stopped a vehicle about 10 p.m. Saturday, according to KFSV 12. The passenger in the front seat fired at Stewart, who was struck in the neck while talking to another occupant outside the car.

The troopers returned fire, killing the suspect who fired the weapon at Stewart, according to STL Today. The driver and two passengers were arrested, and one suspect is hospitalized, police said.

Stewart's injuries are not life-threatening, Trooper Clark Parrott said. He emphasized the need for police to be prepared for dangerous situations.

"We put a bullet proof vest on and a gun everyday we go to work," Parrott said. "Not everybody is cut out to be in law enforcement.  In the back of our minds we realize it could happen at any time."

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