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Officer shot during traffic stop, suspect kills self

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PAYSON, Ariz. -

A high speed chase near Payson leads to a shoot-out with law enforcement. A DPS officer was shot several times. He's in the hospital.

As for the suspect, he was killed.

DPS officials say the officer was making a routine traffic stop, but within moments he came under gunfire. And what most remarkable here -- he not only survived, he drove himself to the hospital.

"Just after 10 on Saturday we had an officer shot multiple times and this was two, three miles south of Payson," said Carrick Cook, DPS spokesman.

DPS officials say the suspect, 22-year-old Cody Archuleta, shot the 39-year-old officer several times during a traffic stop.

As the suspect sped away the wounded officer called dispatch with vehicle information. Then somehow the officer managed to drive himself to the hospital.

A DPS officer on his first day alone on the job was then called to catch the suspect, before being joined by area law enforcement agencies on a windy chase through northern Arizona, DPS says the suspect drove about 100 miles per hour. He was finally stopped 40 miles away from Payson.

"At the end of this pursuit the suspect did drive into a field and exchange gunfire with officers before, we believe, he has a self-inflicted gunshot wound and died."

DPS officials say the injured officer is in stable condition. No one else was hurt in the gunfight or chase.

"When we have to drive and push the limits of those cars on these roadways we'll do it, because the last thing we want is this suspect to go out there and hurt anyone else."

DPS officials say at this time it's unclear what led the man to allegedly shoot the officer. DPS officials say that the officer is a 14 year veteran with the department, and at this time his name is not being released.

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