By Bria Brown

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A person has been shot and wounded by a police officer while reaching for a gun inside a vehicle during an early morning traffic stop in southern Michigan.

The shooting occurred about 12:13 a.m. Tuesday after a vehicle was pulled over due to erratic driving, Battle Creek police said.

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One of two officers spotted a gun in the waistband of a passenger in the front seat and told that person to raise their hands. As the officer reached for the gun, the passenger began to resist and reached for a second gun on the floor of the vehicle, according to police.

That’s when the officer shot and wounded the passenger who later was taken to a hospital.

The second officer was speaking with the driver outside the vehicle at the time of the shooting. The driver was arrested on charges related to the traffic stop.

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No other details were released about the occupants of the vehicle.

Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, a standard practice when officers are involved in a shooting, police said.

Battle Creek police have asked the state police to investigate the shooting.

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