Officer shoots armed suspect during gun battle outside King of Prussia Mall, officials say

This story originally appeared on 6abc 

Upper Merion Township police are investigating ashooting outside of the King of Prussia Mall.

It happened Sunday afternoon in the parking lot outside of the Seasons 52 grill.

According to police, the incident started with a hit-and-run around 2:30 p.m. in the area of the mall.

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A bike officer responded to the scene and that’s when police say the suspect fled the parking lot in a red Nissan Juke.

“The vehicle then attempted to exit the Mall property by the Seasons 52 exit that leads to North Gulph Road. The vehicle became stuck in traffic and a marked patrol car pulled up behind it. Upon seeing the officer, the suspect turned right, jumping the curb and then proceed to drive into the Season 52 parking lot, driving off a 4-foot stone wall, where his vehicle became disabled,” said police in a news release.

The officer in the patrol car chased the fleeing suspect who authorities say was armed with a 9 mm handgun.

At some point during the foot chase both the officer and suspect exchanged gunfire. More than 20 spent shell casings were found at the scene.

The suspect suffered at least two gunshot wounds to the legs and was transported to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

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The officer was not injured.

Anyone with information is asked to call 610-265-3232.

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