PORTLAND -- A Portland police officer was shot and a suspect with a rifle captured several hours later after an intense dragnet around Capitol Highway and 41st Avenue.

The officer suffered non life threatening injuries said police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Police cordoned off Capitol Highway to Primrose Street to 41st Avenue, he said. A police aircraft was used infrared equipment to try and find the suspect.

I want to emphasize we have an armed gunman in the neighborhood who has shot a police officer, he said.

A neighbor told KGW that he confronted the suspect after he was awakened by his barking dog in the garage. The man walked out on his deck and saw the suspect running away. He raced after him and the man pointed a rifle in his face and said he did not want to shoot, but would if he had to.

The neighbor told him police had been called and the next move was up to him. The man ran off. The neighbor returned to his home and discovered his cars had been prowled. Shortly after that, police and SWAT officers arrived.

The incident may have started with a traffic stop.

The suspect is white, possibly with short hair, possibly bald and may be armed with an AR-15 rifle, he said.

The suspect exchanged fire with the officer but it's not known whether he was also shot.

Police used the 911 system to notify neighbors to stay in their homes and to call 911 if they see anything suspicious. Surrounding cities sent officers to help with the search for the gunman.

Motorists should avoid the area and use Barbur Boulevard or 45th for detours.

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