An off-duty officer with the Kansas City Police Department was working a security job at a local shopping center early Saturday morning when he was shot and struck in the bullet-resistant armor he was wearing.

According to WDAF-TV, the officer went to investigate suspicious noises when he heard several gunshots emanating from a nearby wooded area.

The officer created distance between himself and the suspected origin of the shots, called for backup, and reported that he'd been struck in the vest.

The alleged gunman was able to escape and remains at large.