CLAREMONT ( — A car theft suspect was wounded early Monday morning in an officer-involved shooting, police said.

While responding to a report of a stolen vehicle, an officer located a white Honda Accord around 3 a.m. in an alley near the 500 block of West San Jose Avenue in Claremont, officials said.

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“As the officer drove closer to investigate, the vehicle fled through the alley at a high rate of speed,” spokesperson Karlan Bennett said.

The officer later located the vehicle, which appeared to appeared to be vacant.

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“As the officer walked up to the vehicle the driver suddenly drove the vehicle in reverse towards the officer and an officer involved shooting occurred,” Bennett said.

The 25-year-old suspect was treated on scene and airlifted to County USC Medical Center. He was last listed in critical, but stable condition.

No officers were injured.

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The shooting was under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney.