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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ Police in a central Illinois village are searching for a 34-year-old suspect in a weekend shooting of a police officer.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette ( ) reports that an unnamed Mahomet officer was shot Saturday night outside a home. Mahomet Police Chief Mike Metzler says the officer is recovering after being released from a local hospital Sunday morning.

Metzler told the newspaper that the officer was shot after a traffic stop initiated by a different police officer. The suspect then got into a fight with the second officer, who reportedly attempted to use a stun gun on the driver.

A Champaign County judge on Sunday issued an arrest warrant for Dracy ``Clint'' Pendleton, accusing him of aggravated battery with a firearm. Authorities say Pendleton fled the area in a stolen pickup truck.

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