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Mercer County police officer wounds suspect in shooting

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Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 7:54 a.m.

State police are investigating a shooting involving a northwestern Pennsylvania township officer who wounded a man who had shot a woman during a dispute.

Troopers from the Mercer barracks and Pymatuning Township police aren't releasing the name of the officer, the suspect or the female victim involved in the incident, which began about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

That's when police say the township officer responded to a 911 call and heard shots being fired in the home. The officer forced his way into the residence and was shot at by the suspect. He returned fire before retreating and waiting for backup.

Police say the officer wounded the gunman and that police determined after the standoff ended hours later that the woman also was wounded. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries.

Investigators said they are still searching for several people who were involved in the shooting.

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