CRIME

Las Vegas police officer shot in hand after gunman fires on SUV, suspect in custody

  • In this image taken from KTNV video, police officers investigate the scene where a police officer was shot while stopped at a traffic light in Las Vegas, NV. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Metro Police Sgt. John Sheahan told the Las Vegas Sun that two officers were on their way to respond to a call about a disturbance at a store Sunday afternoon when a man approached on foot and fired a weapon several times at their car, hitting one of the officers. The uninjured policeman pursued the suspect and caught him. (KTNV via AP) LAS VEGAS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this image taken from KTNV video, police officers investigate the scene where a police officer was shot while stopped at a traffic light in Las Vegas, NV. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Metro Police Sgt. John Sheahan told the Las Vegas Sun that two officers were on their way to respond to a call about a disturbance at a store Sunday afternoon when a man approached on foot and fired a weapon several times at their car, hitting one of the officers. The uninjured policeman pursued the suspect and caught him. (KTNV via AP) LAS VEGAS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image taken from KTNV video, a police officer stands out outside UMC Trauma Center where injured police officer was taken after being shot while stopped at a traffic light in Las Vegas, NV. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Metro Police Sgt. John Sheahan told the Las Vegas Sun that two officers were on their way to respond to a call about a disturbance at a store Sunday afternoon when a man approached on foot and fired a weapon several times at their car, hitting one of the officers. The uninjured policeman pursued the suspect and caught him. (KTNV via AP) LAS VEGAS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this image taken from KTNV video, a police officer stands out outside UMC Trauma Center where injured police officer was taken after being shot while stopped at a traffic light in Las Vegas, NV. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Metro Police Sgt. John Sheahan told the Las Vegas Sun that two officers were on their way to respond to a call about a disturbance at a store Sunday afternoon when a man approached on foot and fired a weapon several times at their car, hitting one of the officers. The uninjured policeman pursued the suspect and caught him. (KTNV via AP) LAS VEGAS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image taken from KTNV video, police officers stand guard near the scene where a police officer was shot while stopped at a traffic light in Las Vegas, NV. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Metro Police Sgt. John Sheahan told the Las Vegas Sun that two officers were on their way to respond to a call about a disturbance at a store Sunday afternoon when a man approached on foot and fired a weapon several times at their car, hitting one of the officers. The uninjured policeman pursued the suspect and caught him. (KTNV via AP) LAS VEGAS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this image taken from KTNV video, police officers stand guard near the scene where a police officer was shot while stopped at a traffic light in Las Vegas, NV. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Metro Police Sgt. John Sheahan told the Las Vegas Sun that two officers were on their way to respond to a call about a disturbance at a store Sunday afternoon when a man approached on foot and fired a weapon several times at their car, hitting one of the officers. The uninjured policeman pursued the suspect and caught him. (KTNV via AP) LAS VEGAS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

A man with a semi-automatic handgun walked up to a Las Vegas police SUV waiting at a red light and opened fire, striking one officer in the right hand, authorities said.

Police said the officer was taken to the University Medical Center's trauma center. He was hospitalized in good condition for the non-life threatening injury. The suspected gunman was later arrested.

Police called the shooting an ambush, although no motive or details were given.

The shooting happened about 12:15 p.m. Sunday, when two officers in a marked police SUV were headed to a dollar store for a reported disturbance in southeastern Las Vegas.

As the Ford SUV was waiting at a red light to turn left, a man with a semi-automatic handgun walked up and fired multiple shots.

The officer who was not hurt chased the suspect and arrested him at a 7-11 store parking lot on the same block.

The weapon was recovered from the scene.

Authorities emphasized that the arrest was made without officers shooting back.