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Yakima Officer Shot in Leg After a Fight Sunday Night

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A Yakima man is now in custody after he shot an officer with a stolen handgun last night.

A Yakima police officer was responding to a call around 9:30 last night, when he heard a gunshot near him.

Police said Officer Basford followed the gunshot to South 7th Street and Walnut Street, and that is when he ran into Antonio Cardenas, who is a convicted felon.

Basford chased after Cardenas and a struggle ensued.

Police said that is when Cardenas' gun went off and shot Officer Basford in the knee.

Police said it has been a while since an officer was shot on the job, and it is rare when it does happen.

"It's been several years since an officer has been struck by gunfire, it's happened where they have been shot at, but to be actually struck by gunfire has been quite a number of years ago," said Yakima Police Captain, Rod Light.

Light also said officers are always prepared when in the line of fire.

"It's not a common occurrence, but not to say, the threat doesn't exist everyday out there for us.  Thank goodness our officers are well trained and are very officer safety conscious," Light said.

Police said a .44 caliber handgun was found after Cardenas was taken into custody.

Both Officer Basford and Cardenas escaped serious injury and were taken to local hospitals.

Officials said Cardenas is in jail for investigation of attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a gun and possessing a stolen firearm.