Man Shot By Officer Flees, Crashes in Md.

Authorities remove the shotgun from inside the suspect's SUV after the crash in Gaithersburg. (Credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Authorities remove the shotgun from inside the suspect’s SUV after the crash in Gaithersburg. (Credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Montgomery County Police say officers shot a man during a traffic stop, but he fled and crashed nearby.

Police say officers spotted a Ford Explorer linked to a domestic incident in Howard County at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday and stopped it.

Officer Rebecca Innocenti say when the officers approached the SUV, they saw a shotgun inside and one officer fired at the driver, striking him in the arm and leg.

But police say the man drove away and later crashed into a stopped car at Quince Orchard Road and Great Seneca Highway in Gaithersburg.

Police say the man, a suspect in the domestic incident in Howard County, is recovering from his injuries at a hospital. No one else was hurt.

The number of shots fired and the circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation, police said.

The officer who shot the man, a 19-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave as the incident is investigated, police said.

Shooting/Accident in Gaithersburg

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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