Washington police officer shot in head during standoff; suspect in custody

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- A Washington police officer is in serious condition after he was shot in the head while responding to a domestic disturbance Thursday night.

At about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Mount Vernon police responded to the call, according to KOMO. When police arrived on the scene, the 44-year-old suspected shooter, along with two other men, barricaded themselves inside a home. The suspected shooter then began firing at officers.

While shooting, a 61-year-old officer was shot in the head. He was taken to a local hospital to undergo surgery. He is in serious but stable condition.

The 7-hour barricade ended when police used gas to flush the men out of the home.

"A job well done by all law enforcement agencies and we wish the quick recovery of the officer who was shot," said Washington State Patrol Sgt. Keith Leary. "He's in the hospital now with a gunshot wound. That's the biggest fear of any law enforcement officer out here."

The investigation is ongoing and the officer's name has not been released.