Update 5pm:

The Springfield police chief has identified the officer who was shot early this morning and the man being questioned about that shooting.

Police Chief Paul Williams says officer Aaron Pearson is a three-year veteran of the Department who liked working the late shift.

“He enjoyed working the graveyard shift, keeping you all safe while you were sleeping,” said Williams.

Springfield media say the man that was taken into custody near the scene of the shooting is 32-year-old Joshua Hagood. He is not identified as a suspect but he has been questioned.

The investigation is continuing.

Earlier story:

Springfield police officer shot, search for shooter continues

Police in Springfield, Missouri are still looking for the person that shot one of their officers early this morning in the northern part of the city.

Springfield shooting pic

Police in Springfield secure the scene near where one of their officers was shot early Monday morning. (Courtesy; Chase Snider, KTTS)

Springfield Police Captain Greg Higdon said the officer was responding to a call to check on a person. That’s when the suspect took out a gun.

“We know that shots were fired and the suspect left the area on foot, and the officer was taken to a local hospital and is being treated,” said Higdon.

The officer is reported to be in serious condition.

KTTS News has photos of the crime scene and more coverage.

Traffic this morning in Springfield could be interrupted while authorities look for the shooter