Police officer shot in the head in Washington State

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Authorities say a suspect is in custody following the shooting of a police officer in Washington state.

The Washington State Patrol says the 61-year-old Mount Vernon officer is serious but stable following surgery for a head wound.

The patrol said early Friday that a “primary suspect” has been taken into custody.

No other details on the developments were immediately available, but they follow a standoff in the town about 60 miles north of Seattle, where a suspect had been barricaded inside a house and firing at officers.

Washington State Patrol Sgt. Keith Leary told reporters the officer had been wounded while responding to the call Thursday evening and a suspect began shooting from a house, hitting the officer.

Leary says the victim from the initial call was grazed by a bullet and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. It wasn’t immediately known if the two shootings were connected, Leary said.