Carbondale police officer in serious condition following shooting

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say someone speeding away from a shooting scene in southern Illinois opened fire on pursuing officers, seriously wounding one before getting away.

The Carbondale Police Department says in a news release that the shooting occurred late Sunday after officers on patrol heard shots fired and drove toward the gunfire.

The officers tried to stop a tan, four-door vehicle as it sped from the scene, but the driver didn't pull over. Someone in the vehicle fired at the officers, hitting one. The officer was in serious condition Monday at a St. Louis hospital.

Authorities say the officers didn't return fire and the vehicle got away.

The investigation into the incident is being led by the Illinois State Police which is standard Carbondale Police Department procedure in incidents concerning an Officer Involved Shooting.   Assisting with the investigation is the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Jackson County Sherriff’s Department and the SIU Department of Public Safety.