A police vehicle is seen on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Fountain. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun)

A Littleton police officer is in the hospital after being shot by a suspect near Powers Avenue and South Bannock Street late Monday night, the Littleton Police Department said. 

Police were searching for the suspect on Tuesday morning, but said they do not believe there is an immediate threat to the community. 

The officer is in serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery, according to a news release. 

The officer was shot “more than three” times, Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens said in an early morning news conference. The officer, who was wearing body armor, was hit in the torso, arms and legs, he said.

Officers responded to a 911 call of shots fired from a vehicle in the area, near Broadway and Littleton Boulevard, late Monday night, the release says. 

Officers contacted a vehicle matching the one described by the caller, and two people ran away from it. Two officers chased the people, and one of them turned and fired at the officer while entering an apartment building at 183 W. Powers Circle. 

Both the wounded officer and another officer fired at the suspects but were unable to catch them, police say.

Stephens declined to provide a description of the suspects, but said the department had the suspect vehicle in custody.

A shelter-in-place advisory for the area was lifted by 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The neighborhood is a mix of apartment complexes and commercial uses. 

Officers from multiple neighboring agencies are assisting with the search and investigation, the news release says.

Stephens encouraged anyone with information in the case to call 911.

David is a former Colorado Sun staff writer.