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Cincinnati officer critically hurt as gunfire erupts between police, suspect after 911 call

  • Cincinnati Chief of Police Jeffery Blackwell speaks to the media at the scene of the shooting on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Cincinnati. Blackwell says a veteran policeman and an armed person who exchanged gunfire with officers have died.   The officer was identified as 48-year-old Sonny Kim, a 27-year veteran of the department. (Madison Schmidt/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT;  NO SALES

    Cincinnati Chief of Police Jeffery Blackwell speaks to the media at the scene of the shooting on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Cincinnati. Blackwell says a veteran policeman and an armed person who exchanged gunfire with officers have died. The officer was identified as 48-year-old Sonny Kim, a 27-year veteran of the department. (Madison Schmidt/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • From left: Cincinnati police Lt. Danita Pettis, Chief of Police Jeffrey Blackwell, assistant police chief David Bailey and City Manager Harry Black, survey the scene of the officer-involved shooting on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Cincinnati.  Blackwell says a veteran policeman and an armed person who exchanged gunfire with officers have died.   The officer was identified as 48-year-old Sonny Kim, a 27-year veteran of the department. (Madison Schmidt/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT;  NO SALES

    From left: Cincinnati police Lt. Danita Pettis, Chief of Police Jeffrey Blackwell, assistant police chief David Bailey and City Manager Harry Black, survey the scene of the officer-involved shooting on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Cincinnati. Blackwell says a veteran policeman and an armed person who exchanged gunfire with officers have died. The officer was identified as 48-year-old Sonny Kim, a 27-year veteran of the department. (Madison Schmidt/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • From left: Cincinnati police Lt. Danita Pettis, Chief of Police Jeffrey Blackwell, City Manager Harry Black and assistant police chief David Bailey, survey the scene of the officer-involved shooting on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Cincinnati.  Blackwell says a veteran policeman and an armed person who exchanged gunfire with officers have died.   The officer was identified as 48-year-old Sonny Kim, a 27-year veteran of the department. (Madison Schmidt/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT;  NO SALES

    From left: Cincinnati police Lt. Danita Pettis, Chief of Police Jeffrey Blackwell, City Manager Harry Black and assistant police chief David Bailey, survey the scene of the officer-involved shooting on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Cincinnati. Blackwell says a veteran policeman and an armed person who exchanged gunfire with officers have died. The officer was identified as 48-year-old Sonny Kim, a 27-year veteran of the department. (Madison Schmidt/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say a Cincinnati policeman has been shot and critically injured after gunfire erupted between officers and an armed person reported to be behaving erratically.

Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell says both the officer and the suspect were reported in critical condition at a Cincinnati hospital after the Friday shooting. Blackwell tells reporters that officers were dispatched to the Madisonville neighborhood shortly after 9 a.m. after receiving a 911 call.

Blackwell says multiple shots were fired between the suspect and responding officers. But he declined to provide additional details on the shooting while the investigation continues.

Blackwell says he believes the suspect was on the street when officers arrived.

The officer and the suspect weren't identified. The chief says the officer was wearing body armor.