Officer Brandon Murphy (Photo: Bay City PD)

Officer Brandon Murphy (Photo: Bay City PD)

A Bay City, Mich., police officer is recovering after being shot in the line of duty.

Bay City Public Safety Director Michael J. Cecchini said that Officer Brandon Murphy and another officer responded to a call of a home invasion in the 1600 block of Third Street at 1:28 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2. A young male from Bay County had entered the home and awoken a female resident. The resident confronted the burglar, who then left the house, Cecchini said.

As one officer stayed at the scene, Murphy tracked fresh footprints in the snow to the 1600 block of Fourth Street, Cecchini said. Murphy saw the suspect, who ignored the officer's commands, the director said.

The suspect proceeded to pull a handgun and fired, striking Murphy in the left thigh. Murphy returned fire and struck his assailant several times, MLive.com reports.

Responding medical personnel rendered aid to both Murphy and the suspect and transported them to McLaren Bay Region hospital, 1900 Columbus Ave. on Bay City's East Side. As of 8:30 a.m., Murphy is in good condition and the suspect is in critical condition, Cecchini said.

 

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