By Loretta Kalb
A California Highway Patrol officer was shot and a suspect was killed Sunday evening in a shooting on Highway 99 just south of Elk Grove Boulevard, officials said.
The suspect was shot and killed by Elk Grove police who responded to the incident around 5:30 p.m., officials said.
The unidentified CHP officer was taken to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in South Sacramento, where he was in surgery for wounds that did not appear to be life threatening, CHP Officer Mike Bradley said. Hospital spokesman Edwin Garcia said the officer was in critical condition.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and seeing a car flipped on its side on the shoulder of southbound Highway 99. One witness, Mellisa Bernett, said she saw responding officers pull two dogs from the car.
Meanwhile, southbound Highway 99 remains closed at Elk Grove Boulevard while Sacramento County sheriff's officials investigate the shooting.
More information is expected to be released at a news conference tonight.