RAINIER, Ore. -- A police officer was shot Monday afternoon during an altercation with with a suspect after a traffic stop.

Around 12 p.m., the Rainier police officer stopped the suspect vehicle along Highway 30 and Veterans Drive, according to according to Columbia County Fire & Rescue Chief Jay Tappan.

The vehicle was headed from the Portland direction into Rainier, but there was no word on what exactly the traffic violation was.

A fight ensued, at least one shot was fired and the officer suffered a minor injury, Tappan said. The officer's partner reportedly drove him to Peacehealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash.

The injured officer was expected to survive.

The suspect was on the loose as of 2:30 p.m. and police were warning residents near Collins Road, west of Clatskanie, that the active search was taking place there, according to Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.

The suspect was described as a white man with dark hair and a white T-shirt. He fled the scene in a red Kia Spectra with Washington plate AMN5227, according to the Longview Daily News.

Highway 30 was closed temporarily after the shooting was reported.

The community of Rainier was shaken by another police shooting in January, 2011, when police chief Ralph Painter was killed by a theft suspect at a car stereo store.

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