First On WSFA 12 News: Ozark Officer Involved in Shooting During Traffic Stop

It is a situation all police officers hope never happens. A suspect reaching for a gun. But in the early hours of Friday morning that's exactly what happened.

An Ozark police officer was conducting a routine traffic stop, when the suspect became violent.

At 3:37 in the morning an Ozark officer stopped 26 year old Derrick Jiles for a headlight violation. It was during the stop the officer noticed a smell of marijuana coming from the car.

Jiles was asked to step out, he complied at first.

And that's when what started out as a routine traffic stop took a frightening turn. when the suspect tried to reach for the officers weapon.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said, "during the struggle which escalated to the violator assaulting the officer, the violator attempted to gain control of the officers service weapon."

Jiles was shot once in the lower chest. He was taken to Dale Medical Center, underwent surgery and is listed in stable condition.

The officer involved also suffered injuries.

"The officer was transported to Dale Medical Center for treatment of his injuries some of which required stitches," said Chief Spivey.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the shooting.

They obtained search warrants for Jiles car. When they searched it they found, digital scales, 2 grams of powder cocaine, 3.5 grams of crack cocaine and, 21.4 grams of marijuana.

Now, Jiles is no stranger to the penal system.

We're told he has been arrested before, one of those being for resisting arrest.

Once released from the hospital he will be taken into police custody.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis