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Greensboro police officer shot while conducting traffic stop; suspect dead

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Greensboro police officer was shot at about 4:30 p.m. Friday while conducting a traffic stop, according to Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott.

The officer is currently receiving treatment at a local hospital and is in stable condition, Scott said.

According to Scott, a two-officer unit attempted a routine traffic stop of a red vehicle in the 4200 block of Bernau Avenue.

The vehicle pulled over and Scott said one of the occupants, later identified as Carlos Keith Blackman, 25, attempted to flee on foot. One of the officers chased Blackman and a "very violent encounter" happened 200 to 300 yards away from the car.

Shortly after that, there was an exchange of gunfire between one of the officers and Blackman.

Blackman was shot and later died from his injuries, Greensboro police said in a news release. The other occupant of the vehicle is in custody for further questioning.

Greensboro police are not looking for any other suspects.

The officer’s injuries consisted of a single gunshot wound. The other officer was not injured.

The driver of the vehicle also was not injured, and remains in police custody for further questioning.

The names of the Greensboro police officers are being temporarily withheld as a safety precaution. The wounded officer's condition is improving.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting, Scott said.