CAMDEN — A first-year police officer continued to recover after being shot on Wednesday night.

The officer was shot around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, near 9th and Chelton Streets in the Centerville section of Camden, and was taken to Cooper University Hospital.

Police told 6ABC Action News the officer, whose name was not disclosed, was shot in the thigh from point blank range, after a chase on foot.

As the officer approached a group of three men he considered suspicious, one man bolted and the officer ran after him. After catching up, the two men scuffled after the suspect reached for the officer's gun.

The Courier Post reported that the suspect was taken into custody by other officers and the gun used in the incident was recovered.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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