LAUREL, Md. -
UPDATE (6 a.m. Thursday) -- The man police say is responsible for landing a Howard County police officer in shock trauma remained at large Thursday morning.
UPDATE (9 p.m.) -- Police are actively searching a half-mile radius around where Ofc. Steven Houk was shot Wednesday afternoon.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 30 years old, 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, wearing a black shirt and gray parents.
UPDATE (8:15 p.m.) -- Officials have identified the injured Howard County police officer as Steven Houk, 30. Houk remains in serious condition at Shock Trauma.
Houk joined the department on June 20, 2011 and is assigned to the Southern District Patrol, according to police.
UPDATE (7 p.m.) -- A Howard County police officer has been shot in the Laurel area, according to department officials.
The injured officer is currently undergoing treatment at Shock Trauma.
Police responded to the 9500 block of Washington Boulevard I Laurel just after 4 p.m. on call from a business owner who said they saw a man with a gun.
Three officers responded and confronted the suspected who immediately opened fire on the officers, striking one of them.
The suspect ran into the nearby wooded area. An active manhunt is underway.
The injured officer was transported to Shock Trauma where he is currently listed in serious condition. Police have not yet identified the officer.
No further information, including a description of the suspect, is known at this time.
Howard County police are updating the public via its official Twitter page
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