Authorities say the gunman approached the patrol car shortly after noon, reached inside the vehicle and began firing. He then ran away and was apprehended after a short foot chase.
“He didn’t resist or put up a fight,” Robert Benjamin, 44, said.
Benjamin was “flying a sign for Jesus” on the corner when he heard three gunshots. He saw the officer who was unharmed chase the shooter, a man in a red T-shirt.
The man dropped the gun and ran into the street toward the median, where he surrendered, Benjamin said.
“I just hope that young man finds Jesus,” he said.
The wounded officer was then taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injures. Police have not disclosed the suspect’s possible motive.