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Sources: Suspect caught in DPD officer's shooting

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Sr. Cpl. Matthew Wagner Sr. Cpl. Matthew Wagner

Dallas police arrested a suspect in the shooting of a fellow officer late Tuesday morning, according to internal police sources.

The suspect's name has not yet been released, but there was an intense manhunt for him ever since Sr. Cpl. Matthew Wagner was shot twice while working off duty security at a northeast Dallas apartment complex.

About 12:30 a.m., Wagner and Sgt. Rodney Choate confronted a suspicious man at the Wildflower Apartment on Pineland Drive, near Presbyterian Hospital.

The suspect was sitting in a minivan with a police scanner and binoculars, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

As Wagner and Choate asked the man to get out of the van, he began fighting with them, then pulled out a .40-caliber gun and started firing.

Sr. Cpl. Wagner was struck by two bullets -- one in his arm that traveled to his collarbone, and a second in his groin area that was deflected by his police-issued pepper spray.

"[The second] bullet went into his lower torso, first hitting his pepper spray which is on his gun belt, and exploding the pepper spray canister and continuing to travel into his groin area," said Chief Brown.

A third shot fired by the suspect missed its target and ended up lodged in a car. The man ran away from the complex, dropping the weapon.

Police helicopters, the SWAT unit and K-9 search dogs were called to the scene to look for the suspect. They conducted searches in the Oak Cliff and southwest Dallas areas as well, although it's not clear where the suspect was apprehended.

Wagner, who has been with the force since 2008, is expected to recover from his injuries, according to Chief Brown.

As sources told FOX 4 that officers were arresting the suspect, Officer Tracy Glenn of the Dallas Police Association announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to his apprehension and prosecution.

It's not clear if that reward will be given to anyone.

Stay with FOX 4 News and for further updates as they become available.

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