Police tell Little Rock television station KATV that the officer was stationed at a Red Lobster when the shooting happened shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday. Chief Kenton Buckner says the officer interrupted a robbery and exchanged gunfire with three suspects.
Buckner says the officer has not been identified, pending notification of family members.
The male suspect who shot the officer also suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to a hospital. Two other male suspects fled the scene and remain at large.
No further details were immediately available. A message seeking additional information was left with police.