An Idaho State Police trooper was hospitalized in good condition late Monday after being shot in the chest during a traffic stop in Fremont County.
Cpl. Ismael Gonzales was wearing a bulletproof vest that officials at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center said may have saved his life.
“His vest seems to have protected him, basically,” nursing supervisor Gloria Johnson said. She said Gonzales was still undergoing X-rays and other tests.
Gonzales was shot an unknown number of times shortly after 8:30 p.m. after stopping a blue Jeep Cherokee with Florida license plates that was reported driving recklessly on U.S. Highway 20 south of Ashton, Idaho State Police said in a news release.
“Corporal Gonzales was able to return to his vehicle and pursue the suspects until he lost contact with the suspects,” the release said.
It described the suspects as a man with dark hair and a mustache and a woman with blond hair. They were believed to be on foot south of Ashton late Monday, and officers from a number of law enforcement agencies were searching the area.
Gonzales was taken by helicopter ambulance to the Idaho Falls hospital.