Update: 2 officers were shot in South St. Paul shootout

The suspect was taken into custody.
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UPDATE 3:15 P.M. 

South St. Paul police are now saying two officers were shot in a shootout with a suspect Thursday afternoon. One officer was shot in the shoulder and the other suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. Only one of the officers required treatment at a hospital and both are expected to be ok. 

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office says the suspect will be charged with attempted murder. 

Original story

A police officer was shot in a shootout with a suspect Thursday afternoon in South St. Paul. 

The gunfight broke out near 12th Avenue and Congress Street, with the officer being shot during the battle. The suspect was taken into custody. 

The condition of the officer is unknown. 

Sen. Matt Klein (DFL) released a statement on his Facebook page shortly after the shooting. 

"I am very concerned to learn that a South St. Paul police officer was shot in the line of duty today," Klein said. "I am communicating with local officials to offer my support and find out what happened. 

"In conjunction with the recent murder of Officer Joseph Gomm, I am spurred to work with my colleagues to ensure that all of our public safety workers go home safely at the end of their shifts. Today as every day, these workers deserve our support and our efforts to provide a secure work environment."

Klein referred to Officer Gomm, the Stillwater prison guard who was murdered by an inmate on Wednesday

This is a developing story. 

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