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Off-duty Texas police officer is shot 6 times after a road rage incident, officials say

An off-duty San Antonio police officer was shot 6 times during a road rage incident, officials said.

(FOX San Antonio)

An off-duty San Antonio police department was shot six times after a road rage incident turned into a shooting in the parking lot of a gentleman’s sports club on Tuesday, according to the city’s police chief.

San Antonio police chief William McManus said at a press conference of the off-duty officer and a 25-year-old driver pulled into the parking lot of the Allstars Gentleman’s Football club, near Interstate 10 after the driver accused the officer of cutting him off. The driver then pulled a gun and started shooting, hitting the officer six times in the lower torso.

“Facts and arguments on the roadway happens all the time, so that doesn’t surprise me, unfortunately enough, all too often,” he said.

McManus said the officer retreated to his car to grab his weapon and returned fire, striking the 25-year-old at least twice. A woman who was in the car was grazed in the head shot.

The off-duty officer, an 11-year veteran of the force, returned fire after he was shot 6 times by a motorist during a road rage incident.

(FOX San Antonio)

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The chief added that the authorities were still investigating where the bullet grazed the woman.

The officer, whose name was not released, is an 11-year veteran of the force, and was transported to the hospital in critical, but stable condition. The police told FOX San Antonio he was expected to survive his injuries, and underwent surgery early Wednesday morning.

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The authorities are investigating how the incident started, but said nothing has happened within the gentleman’s club.

The shooting in the parking lot of a gentlemen’s club after a road rage incident in the area, police said.

(FOX San Antonio)

“I don’t know why they went in this piece,” McManus said at an evening press conference.

The suspect, whose name not released by police, also underwent surgery and is listed in a stable condition. The 25-year-old is expected to face the charges in connection with the shooting, police said.

Since the start of 2018, at least 37 law enforcement officials in the US have died during the service-with 24 of the deaths caused by gunfire.

Approximately 135 police died in 2016, making it the deadliest year for the police in at least five years, Fox News has found. Even though there are fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers were not much better: A total of 129 officers died last year. And 46 of those were caused by gunfire.

Fox News’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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