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Officer, gunman seen in national park wounded in shootout

Posted at 7:50 AM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 10:50:40-05

EXETER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of threatening people with a gun under the giant trees of Sequoia National Park in central California led police on a chase and was wounded in a shootout that also injured an officer.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office says the California Highway Patrol officer was hit in the shoulder Friday and was expected to survive her injuries. The suspect was struck in the upper torso and was in critical condition.

There were no reports of injuries or shots fired inside the park, which closed as rangers searched for the suspect.