Tennessee Highway Patrol officer shot during Chattanooga car chase on US Highway 27

U.S. Highway 27 North was shut down between Signal Mountain Road and Dayton Pike Thursday evening, Jan. 9, 2020, following an officer-involved shooting. / Staff photo from Erin O. Smith

A Tennessee Highway Patrol officer was injured after being shot during a car chase Thursday night on U.S. Highway 27 heading north toward Highway 153.

The incident happened around 8 p.m.

Troopers tried to stop a vehicle heading north from downtown Chattanooga when they began to exchange gunfire.

The suspect, Cody Seals, then crossed the median and left the roadway and crashed.

The troopers and Seals exited their vehicles and began to exchange gunfire again.

Trooper Khalat Ghazi was struck and Seals was also injured. The second trooper, Rich Thomas, was also involved, but it is not clear who injured Seals.

photo Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Austin Garrett addresses the media at the Mountain Creek Road exit of Highway 27 following an officer-involved shooting on Highway 27 North Thursday, January 9, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. During an attempted traffic stop, the suspect engaged troopers in gunfire as the vehicles were moving and the troopers returned fire. Two Tennessee Highway Patrol officers were involved. One officer and the suspect were injured in the incident. / Staff photo by Erin O. Smith

Both Ghazi and Seals were taken to a local hospital and are in stable condition.

The incident closed a portion of the highway from Signal Mountain Road to Highway 153 while the investigation was conducted.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation.

"We're extremely fortunate that those troopers are OK," said an emotional Chief Deputy Austin Garrett. "We're extremely blessed and fortunate that we didn't experience a loss of life and a trooper being killed here tonight."

This is a developing story.