RUSTON, LA (KSLA) - A Ruston, Louisiana police officer was shot three times Monday morning and authorities say he was not wearing a protective vest when he responded to the suspicious vehicle call.
Cpl. Marchael Canty arrived at Ambrose Automotive on the South Service Road in Ruston just before 1:30a.m. Ruston Police say Cpl. Marchael Canty approached the suspect in the vehicle who then opened fire on Canty.
According to Ruston Police Chief, Stephen Rogers was struck three times, once in the right wrist, another in the upper torso and a third in the lower torso. Officer Canty was reportedly not wearing a Kevlar vest at the time of the incident, Chief Rogers said during Monday morning's news conference.
"It is highly, highly recommended..and I know that people say you should wear it all the time...I made the mistake and got in trouble with my wife for not wearing it, but this time of year it produces a tremendous amount of heat," said Chief Rogers.
Canty was taken to a Lincoln Parish hospital and then airlifted to LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana where he underwent emergency surgery and is reportedly in stable condition.
Police say the suspect, a male fled the scene in what is believed to be an older model blue Dodge Durango.
Police urge anyone with any information about this shooting is urged to contact the Ruston Police Department at 318-255-4141 or Ruston Lincoln Crime Stoppers at 318-255-1111.