A suspect who was critically wounded by a Long Beach police officer during a traffic stop was hospitalized Wednesday morning, authorities said. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A suspect who was critically wounded by a Long Beach police officer during a traffic stop was hospitalized Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The shooting occurred about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Chestnut Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The officer approached the suspect’s vehicle during a traffic stop and the man appeared to have pointed a handgun at the officer, at which time the shooting occurred, police said, adding that the suspect was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Authorities did not immediately disclose why the suspect’s vehicle was stopped or if a gun was recovered.

Three additional suspects who were in the vehicle were uninjured in the shooting and detained, police said. It also wasn’t clear if the suspect was a driver or a passenger.

No officers were injured, police said.

The intersection where the shooting occurred was closed early this morning and was expected to remain closed for several hours but police did not have an estimate of when it would reopen.

—City News Service

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