LAS VEGAS -- A veteran police officer and a gunman were wounded in a brief exchange of gunfire Thursday on a main road in the Nevada resort city of Mesquite, authorities say.
A 48-year-old Richfield, Utah, woman in the vehicle wasn't injured, and her name wasn't released, said Mesquite Police Officer Jeffrey Smith, department spokesman.
The woman was detained for police questioning. Smith described her as cooperative and said she wasn't immediately charged with a crime.
Patrol Officer Craig Empey became the first Mesquite officer shot on duty when he was wounded in the leg by the man who stepped from a maroon car and fired at least one shot during a 7:50 a.m. traffic stop, officials said.
The gunman was hit twice by return fire, Smith said.
The gunman, whose name wasn't immediately released, was flown by medical helicopter about 75 miles to University Medical Center in Las Vegas. His condition wasn't immediately made public.
Empey, a Mesquite police officer for more than 15 years, was taken to Mesa View Regional Hospital in Mesquite. He was treated and later released, Smith said.
Empey was the first Mesquite police officer wounded on the job, said Capt. Chris Jones, the Las Vegas police administrator heading the investigation. The Mesquite Police Department has 27 sworn officers.
Empey was in a marked patrol car and a detective was in an unmarked police vehicle when they stopped the gunman and a woman in a 1996 Geo Metro with Utah license plates, Smith said.
The officers were investigating an earlier unspecified incident in Mesquite, he said. The detective's name wasn't immediately made public.
Officials didn't say whether Empey, the detective or both fired shots. Smith said police recovered the revolver allegedly used by the gunman.
Las Vegas police detectives were handling the shooting investigation, and prosecutors from the Clark County district attorney's office went to the scene.
Mesquite, on the Nevada-Arizona state line, is a former Mormon settlement that has grown to about 20,000 residents, including many retirees. It has several casinos and golf courses in the Virgin River valley.