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UPDATE: Delaware State Trooper Shot In Wilmington Released From Hospital

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By Todd Quinones

WILMINGTON, Del., (CBS) – A Delaware State Trooper shot in the line of duty Wednesday afternoon has been released from the hospital.

Police are talking to at least one person of interest as investigators try to figure out who shot the trooper and why.

PHOTOS: Delaware State Trooper Shot in Wilmington

It happened at about 4 p.m. in the area of North Market Street and West 24th Street in Wilmington.

At least one man was taken into police custody following the shooting of a Delaware State Trooper.

Before the shooting, eyewitnesses tell CBS 3 about six to eight officers were interviewing a woman on 24th Street when all of a sudden someone started shooting in the direction of the officers, hitting a state trooper who was also there on scene helping with the investigation.

“I hollered for my son to duck down because he was in the house, and I covered my head up, I was on the step,” neighbor Erica Beatty said.

The shooting happened right in front of Doris Lacewell’s home.

“We seen the officers go to the ground, but then I heard some of the neighbors say they shot this policeman, you know, and they had, they had shot the policeman. I seen him on the ground, other officers being around him, trying to still cover him and keeping themselves covered,” Lacewell said.

The 44-year-old Delaware State Trooper was rushed to Christiana Hospital Trauma Center after he was shot in the arm.  While there, he was visited by Governor Jack Markell.

“He’s a 17-year veteran of the Delaware State Police. He has been treated and released from the hospital with a single gunshot wound to his right arm. He is on his way home with his family,” Sgt. Paul Shavack of Delaware State Police said.

For more than two hours after the shooting, dozens of police were scattered throughout the neighborhood looking for potential suspects.

Late Wednesday night, police towed away two vehicles from the scene. One was a dark colored sedan.

That is the car neighbors tell CBS 3 the woman who police were originally interviewing was in.

At this point, police are not other releasing information about the events that led up to the shooting.

The trooper is recovering at home with his wife and family.

So far no arrests have been made.

Stay with CBSPhilly.com for the latest on this developing story.