DALLAS -- Cops put their lives on the line every day, even when they're not wearing the badge. Lieutenant Christopher Cook and Arlington PD were reminded of that early Thursday morning.
"Around 6:40 this morning, we were notified that one of our officers that participates in a federal task force was shot in Southwest Dallas," Lt. Cook said.
The officer, who was working undercover, was shot in the 2700 block of Wilbur Street near Illinois Avenue. The cop, who was not in uniform, was placing a tracker on a car at 6:15 am when he was confronted by the suspect.
As the undercover cop tried to leave the scene, authorities say the suspect opened fire. A second officer came to the rescue and the two made a quick getaway, but they were forced to stop at the Shell gas station on West Wheatland Road due to a flat tire.
Dallas PD sent in support and the wounded cop was taken to Methodist Medical Center by ambulance.
"We are very elated and happy to report the officer is going to be fine," Lt. Cook said." He's in good spirits, he's talking, he's surrounded by friends and family."
Cops have surrounded the house where the shooting took place and reportedly believe the suspect is still inside. At least three people have been taken into custody. No word on whether they are suspects or witnesses.
The shooting is under investigation by Dallas PD’s Special Investigations Unit who say releasing details might jeopardize this undercover operation. This is one more case to remind us there's nothing routine about this job.