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Police take suspect into custody after officer-involved shooting in south central El Paso

shooting investigation into El Paso police officer shot on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.

The suspect who allegedly shot a police officer in the hand through the windshield of a police vehicle on Tuesday in south central El Paso was taken into custody.

The suspect was taken into custody around 8 p.m. Police said they were able to track down the suspect through eye-witness interviews, video and tips. Police said the SWAT team had to use gas to make the suspect surrender, who had barricaded at a residence on the 100 block of Clark Dr.

The suspect has not been identified.

Gomez tells KFOX14 the officer approached an Hispanic man who was acting suspiciously before the incident happened.

Police responded around noon to the officer-involved shooting in south central El Paso.

It happened in the area of Clark Drive and Alameda Avenue near Ascarate Park.

Police officials said the male officer was shot in the hand and taken to University Medical Center where he was released later Tuesday afternoon. His identity is unknown at this time.

Nearby school Cooley Elementary at 107 N Collingsworth was placed under "lockout," according to El Paso Independent School District spokeswoman Melissa Martinez.

Martinez said students at Cooley Elementary are being transported to Henderson Middle School where parents can pick up their children there at normal time. Parents will need a valid ID or be on the student's pick up list.

Police said officers did return fire during the initial encounter. Police said that will prompt three investigations, one with Internal Affairs, with Texas Rangers and with Crime Against Persons.

Police said schools in the area will resume and operate as normal on Wednesday.

We will update it once more information becomes available.

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