Little Rock, Ark. (KTHV) -- According to the Magnolia Reporter, Arkansas State Trooper Cpl. Pete Penney was wounded Friday night during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect following a traffic stop along U.S. 278 between Ozan and Nashville near the Hempstead-Howard county line.
An investigation by the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division is under way.
The ASP released the names of the trooper and the suspect Saturday morning.
The traffic stop by Trooper Penney was radioed to State Police Troop G Headquarters in Hope about 9 p.m., followed by a radio call from Trooper Penney approximately 10 minutes later requesting assistance and reporting shots had been fired.
The driver of the car stopped by Penney has been identified as Herman Lee White, 66, of Hope.
A Nashville police officer responded to the scene and found Penney and White. Both were wounded and were treated at the scene by the Howard County Ambulance Service. A short time later both men were transported by helicopters from a landing zone created on the highway near the shooting site.
Reports indicated that Penney - who was wearing a bullet-proof vest - was shot once in his vest. White is believed to have been hit by Penney's return fire multiple times. There was no immediate word on the types of weapons involved in the shooting.
Penney was transported to a hospital in Hot Springs where he is reported in stable condition.
White was transported to a hospital in Texarkana, and was also reported in stable condition.
Following his release from the hospital, White will be incarcerated pending the filing of formal charges stemming from the shooting incident.
Penney, 37, is an eight-year veteran of the Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division.
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