South Carolina state trooper shot while trying to pull man over for seat belt violation

YORK COUNTY, S.C. (WTVD) -- A South Carolina state trooper is recovering after he was shot during a traffic stop Sunday.

South Carolina Department of Public Transportation said Trooper Paul Wise tried to pull over a car for a seat belt violation around 7:45 p.m. in York County. The driver of the car failed to stop.

Wise chased the driver briefly, until the driver jumped out of his vehicle and opened fire.

Wise fired back. Both men were hit.

The York County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene to find that Wise was able to arrest the man. They were both taken to the hospital.

The trooper is said to be in good spirits. Officials said he was wearing his body armor, which they credit with saving his life.

He was released from the hospital before 10 a.m.

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