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Officer seriously injured during traffic stop, ambushed by gunfire when driver exited vehicle

A KC Scout sign on I-35 in Overland alerts travelers to the blue alert sent out by the Missouri Highway Patrol after an officer was shot during a traffic stop Tuesday in North Kansas City.

Robert A. Cronkleton

The Kansas City Star

A North Kansas City police officer was seriously injured during traffic stop Tuesday when the driver of a vehicle opened fire, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Police are looking for a gray Ford Taurus with the Missouri license plate 03GU43, according to a Blue Alert issued by the highway patrol about 11 a.m. The alert is issued when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

The officer pulled the car over about 10:40 a.m. near 21st Avenue and Clay Street in North Kansas City. The driver got out of the vehicle and began firing upon the officer. The driver was last seen traveling west from 21st and Clay Street.

The suspect was described as a white man with brown hair.

This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Law enforcement responded to the scene where a police officer was injured in a shooting during a traffic stop near 21st Avenue and Clay Street in North Kansas City.

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