The first two officers on the scene confronted one of the men, who shoved one of the officers and took his pistol. The man then fired at the policeman’s colleague, hitting her in the head. The 26-year-old officer was being treated in the hospital for serious injuries, police said.
Other officers arriving on the scene were able to arrest the suspect after an exchange of fire with him.
Authorities do not believe the incident had to do with terrorism, saying that the suspect appeared to have acted out of “personal” reasons and not with political or religious motivations, da Gloria Martins said.
Police had initially said the suspect had grabbed the wounded officer’s pistol, but corrected that in a statement issued later.
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