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Troy Makanski shot and wounded a police officer in an exchange of gunfire in Pittsburg

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Police have identified a man who shot and wounded a police officer in an exchange of gunfire in Pittsburg Tuesday night. Troy Aben Makanski, 30, of Oakley, was arrested after allegedly shooting at two police officers during a pursuit Tuesday night, according to Lt. Ron Raman. The suspect was on probation and had three active felony warrants for his arrest in connection with weapons, drugs and probation violation at the time of the shooting, Raman said.

Police said two officers attempted to contact Makanski near the intersection of Maple and East 12th streets around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, but he fled on foot as they approached. The suspect then grabbed a gun and shot at the officers, hitting one of them at close range in the back, according to Raman. The officers returned fire, hitting the suspect, who is in stable condition at a hospital. The officer who was hit was wearing protective gear that prevented the bullet from penetrating his body.

He was treated for his wounds at a hospital and released. Both officers involved in the shooting are police veterans with more than five years of experience. The two have been placed on three days of administrative leave, following police protocol after an officer-involved shooting, Raman said. “Our officers come to work with the unfortunate reality that these types of incidents can occur at any time,” the lieutenant said. “This incident unfolded quickly and our officers reverted to their training and reacted to the threat on their life. Their actions were heroic and we are glad that they are okay.” Makanski will be transported to county jail upon his release from the hospital.

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