PAYETTE -- Idaho State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred outside a Payette convenience store Thursday about 2 p.m.

ISP spokeswoman Teresa Baker says one person was critically wounded and a Payette County Sheriff's deputy was shot in the leg during a confrontation at the Maverik Country Store at 275 N. 16th Street in Payette.

Mark Clark, Payette Chief of Police, says the deputy was responding to an attempt-to-locate call for a blue sedan with Idaho plates wanted in connection to a report of shots fired in Ontario.

Clark says the deputy called for backup when he spotted the vehicle at the Maverik store gas pump.

The police chief says as the deputy asked the driver to get out of the vehicle, the suspect started shooting. The deputy and 24-year-old Fruitland man exchanged gun fire.

Baker says the critically-wounded man was flown by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. The deputy was struck in the leg and does not appear to have a life-threatening injury.

Clark says there are bullet holes in the Maverik store front and a couple witnesses say they were nearly hit.

No one else was injured.

Principal Kipp McKenzie of the nearby Payette Primary School says they did go on lockdown around 2:20 p.m. for about 15 minutes due to the incident at the Maverik. All the students are OK, and school buses ran on schedule to take the students home.

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