Shooting at Samford University

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A shoplifting at Samford University's book store turned into a shooting incident Monday after a police officer was hit by a car carrying the suspect.

The university's Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management sent an email to students and faculty Monday afternoon, which was forwarded by several people to FOX6 News.  In the email, the university said campus police got a call at approximately 3 p.m. of a shoplifter at the Campus Book Store. When officers arrived, they found employees attempting to stop the suspect.  The suspect then jumped in a car and hit one of the officers, injuring his leg.

Officers said as the driver left the scene, the officer fired his gun at the car, hitting a tire.  One of the passengers in the car then fled the vehicle and was arrested.  The other suspect drove off. The car was found a short time later abandoned a short distance from campus in Homewood.

The university said neither suspect appears to be a Samford employee or student.

The injured officer was transported to the hospital for treatment.